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Homicide Rate In Los Angeles Lowest Since 1967

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say the homicide rate in Los Angeles last year was the lowest in more than four decades.

Police Chief Charlie Beck is due to announce the end-of-year-crime numbers for 2010 at a news conference Tuesday.

The nation’s second-largest city last year saw around 300 homicides, the fewest since 1967, even though the population has risen by about 30 percent.

Last year was Beck’s first full year as chief and, despite budget cuts, he prioritized a dropping crime rate. The trend was initiated by his predecessor, William Bratton.

The city’s worst year for homicides was 1992, when 1,092 people were slain.

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