- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials say violent crime was down across the board in 2016 after spiking in 2015.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham (NOO’-shum) announced Wednesday that violent crime was down 10 percent last year, including a 17 percent reduction in homicides and a 13 percent reduction in robberies. In 2015, crime in both categories was up over the previous year.

Nonetheless, the District still had its second-highest homicide total of the decade last year, with 135 slayings.

The Democratic mayor also announced a new patrolling strategy for city officers, known as “sector policing.” It’s essentially a less centralized command structure that allows officers to focus on smaller geographic areas. The plan is meant to hold officers more accountable and enhance relationships between police and the community.

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