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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Police Concern Grows as Crime Levels Rises

From After a decade of decline, violent crime is on the rise across the United States. Assault rose 2 percent between 2004 and 2005, according to the FBI’s latest report of national crime trends. Murder and robbery are up nearly 5 percent — the sharpest increase since 1991. Medium-sized cities of between 50,000 and 500,000 have been the bloodiest.

So many police chiefs have expressed concern that the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank, held a national crime summit on Aug. 30. Mayors and law enforcement officials from 45 cities — both those hit with a rise in violence and those, like Dallas and Chicago, that have so far escaped an increase — arrived seeking answers to a troubling riddle.

“We’ve been watching crime decrease or flatten out for the last 10 years,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the forum. “But last year we started hearing from police chiefs (about increasing violence) ... enough of them, that we started to wonder, what’s going on?" Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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