Durham police tout crackdown for drop in shootings
Posted February 2, 2016
Durham, N.C. — Police on Tuesday credited a renewed focus on violent gun crimes with a drop in January of shootings in Durham.
There were one fatal and 18 non-fatal shootings in Durham from Jan. 7 through Sunday, compared with seven fatal and 29 non-fatal shootings from Dec. 13 to Jan. 6, police said.
"We are still working closely with the community to reduce violent crime, and we appreciate the assistance we have received," Interim Police Chief Larry Smith said in a statement.
Officers from several Durham Police Department units have focused on shootings and have made several arrests in recent weeks, police said.