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.