The year 2021 ended as one of the most violent on record in Chicago, according to data released Saturday by the Police Department, as an increase in the number of shootings killed more people than any single year in a quarter century. Took it
According to the department, 2021 ended with 797 murders. This is 25 more than in 2020, 299 more than in 2019 and the highest since 1996. And there were 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021, which is more than 300 recorded in 2020 and 1,415 more shooting incidents were recorded. in the city in 2019
Other cities have also seen an increase in the number of murders. But Chicago, as has been the case in previous years, ended 2021 with more homicides than any other city in the United States, including New York and Los Angeles, both of which reported less than Chicago for the year as of late December. At least 300 fewer murders were recorded. , according to police data from those cities.
“We all know it’s been a challenging year in the city of Chicago,” Superintendent of Police David Brown told reporters at a news conference earlier this week. “Too many families are suffering from the loss of (loved ones) because of senseless gun violence.”
Brown said most of the killings are the result of conflict between rival gangs.
He has tried to highlight some positive figures while discussing the monthly crime figures and he continues to do so with the release of the year-end figures.
He said, for example, the department approved 400 murders—a total that was more than in any year in nearly two decades.
Saturday’s news release did not specify how many people had committed murders in previous years, but pointed out that the sanction rate for the killings was just under 50%.
The department, which says it takes more illegal weapons off the road than any other local police force in the United States, said it recorded 12,088 guns off the road in 2021. This total coincided with the creation of a Gun Investigation Team. The focus is on stopping the flow of illegal artillery guns in the city.
Brown, who has come under scrutiny by some city council members and others, said he expects to increase the number of detectives investigating violent crimes from 1,100 to 1,300 during the first few months of this year. . And he said he aims to reduce the caseload for detectives to about five to three cases per detective.
He also said that the department hopes to recruit more new officers this year, adding, “There will be more officers on the street, not just in patrol cars or behind desks, to interact with all Chicagoans. “