Maywood marks 1 year without a murder

June 15, 2010 4:19:41 PM PDT
West suburban Maywood is marking an important anniversary -- they have now gone one full year with no murders.

Village authorities talked about the milestone Tuesday.

Back in 2003 there were 20 murders in Maywood. That number plummeted after the village launched several anti-violence initiatives which included putting more officers on the street.

"I believe what happened here is nothing short of a miracle... without a homicide," said Chief Tim Curry, Maywood Police Department.

The village also credits more teamwork with state police and the anti-violence group CeaseFire.