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Chief Lanier credited community partnerships that have encouraged residents to help with police investigations.

Referencing 33 homicide cases in which police arrested a suspect within a week, Chief Lanier said that this year detectives have reduced the time it takes to solve cases, thereby stopping the domino effect of tit-for-tat killings that in previous years led to higher body counts.

“Detectives are working hard and have taken the suspects off the streets before the retaliatory violence can begin,” Chief Lanier said.

The difference has come from residents who are more willing to share information about suspects and crimes. She said the department has received more than 1,200 tips through its tip line this year, up from 200 when the line opened in 2008.

“People in the neighborhoods are giving us information in ways that we’ve never seen,” Chief Lanier said.