CHICAGO - As Larry Snelling prepares to assume the role of Chicago's top cop, the Chicago Police Department has released its crime statistics for August, indicating a drop in violence compared to the previous year.
According to the department's data, there were 54 reported murders in August, down from nearly 70 during the same month the previous year. Overall shootings also decreased by 22.5 percent compared to the previous year.
The homicide clearance rate reached just over 50 percent, the highest since 2014, signifying progress in solving cases.
Additionally, there was positive news for Chicagoans who rely on the CTA for transportation, as violence on transit properties decreased by 13 percent this year.
Regarding the crime statistics for Labor Day weekend, seven individuals lost their lives, with all but one of the victims succumbing to gunshot wounds. In total, 39 people were shot during the holiday weekend, including a 6-year-old boy who is now in stable condition.
While these numbers indicate an overall decrease from the previous year, the city is preparing for a change in leadership as Snelling takes over as Superintendent.
Before Snelling assumes his new role, a public forum is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, followed by a vote from Chicago's City Council. Snelling, a Chicago native, brings nearly three decades of experience within the Chicago Police Department to his new position.