Chicago Celebrates 1st Murder & Shooting Free Day in a Year

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Chicago's version of the Wild West came to a temporary halt on Wednesday, as the city made it through the day without any murders or shootings. It was the first such day in nearly a year.

“On January 18, for a 24-hour period, there were no shootings and murders in the city of Chicago,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “The last time we went a day without a murder or shooting was nearly a year ago in early 2011. This is clearly the result of the tremendous police work of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department."

Murders have been on the decline in the Second City. With just days to go in 2011, 423 murders were reported, down slightly from the 435 in 2010. That 2010 figure was the lowest in 45 years.

New police strategies that put some 1,000 officers back on the beat are being credited for the decline.

“Since May, the Chicago Police Department has put more officers back into districts working to keep our communities safe; introduced CompStat, a data-driven approach to fighting crime; and empowered district commanders and given them increased resources to reduce violence in their districts,” McCarthy said.