Homicides In Raleigh Drop By More Than Half In '09

North Carolina's second largest city has seen its number of homicides cut in half last year, and Raleigh's police chief credits more aggressive law enforcement and the department's community outreach.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Raleigh had 15 homicides in 2009 -- a huge drop from the 32 homicides reported in 2008.

Police Chief Harry Dolan says the federal prosecution of dozens of youth for gang crimes and drug offenses in the last two years has cleaned up city streets. He touts a nearly 50 percent drop in gang crime in the past year in southeast Raleigh.

Dolan also credits a youth mentoring program with Raleigh's parks and recreation department.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 3, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    So you're complaining now about them pulling over the bad drivers that everyone was screaming about here not long ago? Make up your mind. lol
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    The police chief in Raleigh was smart enough to realize that crime there was as bad as it seemed and he did something about it!! GPD is the highest paying PD in the state! Yep, that's right. Why is crime here still so bad? The police are out and about concentrating on pulling over speeders...so that the PD can pull in more money to ensure they continue earning that high salary.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 3, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    The thugs have all moved to ENC. Greenville, Kinston, Rocky Mount, New Bern. The cops in Raleigh put too much heat on them.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 2, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    News Reader you took the words right out of my mouth.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 2, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    Hey... I thought y'all said crime was rampant in NC? lol
  • by News Reader on Jan 2, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    There is several reasons for this. One is the report the idiots are in the federal state prison another is they are killing thier selfs off another is that the economy is so bad that the illigal aliens have left another is that some of those sub humans have moved to Rocky Mount and Greenville where it keeps getting worse.Dont believe it look up here every day.

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