DC Violent Crime Down 26%

Violent crime in the Washington, D.C. is down 26 percent from the same period last year, The Washington Post reported.

A 33 percent decline in robberies has helped drive down the plunge in overall crime along with the department's emphasis on seizing illegal guns, D.C. Police Patrol Chief Lamar Greene said at a hearing Monday on whether D.C. police and other agencies were questioned if they were ready for the summer. Homicides are also down 15 percent.

The numbers are promising for officials following a spike in killings in 2015 which included 162 homicides. Greene also said police are continuing the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative where additional resources are poured into areas where crime remains high. 

"Its goal is to engage with community residents in order to build and deepen trusting and respectful relationships," Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, told the Post. 

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