Serious crime plunged in Boston during the first six months of the year, says the Boston Globe. Community leaders and police officials say the drop appears to show that new police strategies are working. Shootings were down 31 percent compared with last year. Homicides declined 14 percent, and robberies fell 12 percent. “We’re not ready to declare victory, but I’ve been very happy,” said Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who has introduced several new crime- fighting programs since assuming control in December.
Davis believes a new computerized crime-tracking and mapping initiative and a renewed emphasis on community policing have had an impact. Davis also initiated a program of walking beats in which officers patrol the city’s most violent neighborhoods, a text-messaging crime tip line, and a new police substation. He has also added several detectives to the homicide unit. The commissioner plans to unveil more violence-prevention proposals soon. Nonfatal shootings in June fell about 40 percent, dropping from 46 in June 2006 to 28 in June this year.