Southeast Raleigh accounted for 60 percent of the 34 citywide homicides in 2008. Since then, there’s been a remarkable turnaround, says the Raleigh News & Observer. The police district in the area saw homicides drop to three last year; so far, there have been three this year.
It’s too soon to declare victory over violent crime, but authorities credit a crackdown on the worst offenders and an equally intense focus on providing new educational and recreational opportunities to those most at risk of committing crimes. The police department has gone back to the most fundamental of policing strategies – getting officers out on the beat, consulting with residents to find new solutions, and mentoring youngsters. “What we are doing is what officers did years ago,” said Capt. Andy Lull. Lull, 50, and a 25-year veteran of the police force, sees the difference when he drives through the formerly crime-plagued neighborhoods.