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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Police Officials Urge Federal Govt to Help Combat Increasing Violent Crime

From NY Times.com: Mayors and top police officials from around the nation urged the federal government on Wednesday to engage in a more coordinated effort to combat a recent increase in violent crime.

Violent crime increased last year for the first time in four years, up 2.5 percent from 2004. The biggest increases in murder were reported in medium-size cities and the Midwest. At a meeting organized by the Police Executive Research Forum, a research and public policy group, the officials said a spike in the rate of violent crime, for aggravated assaults, robberies and murders, reflected a growing crisis.

“This administration is tone deaf to what is going on,” Seattle Police Chief Kerlikowske said. “Rightly so, they’ve been focused on terrorism. But this is a wake-up call to begin rebuilding partnerships.” Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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