Chicago gun violence remains at 'unacceptable levels,' CPD says

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Police Department said for the month of November, overall crime in the city is down 7 percent compared to the same time last year, but gun violence remains at "unacceptable levels."

CPD released its latest crime statistics Tuesday. "Overall crime" includes aggravated assaults, burglaries, robberies and thefts, police said.

There have been 429 murders so far this year, 52 more than during the same period last year, the department said. There have been 2,221 shootings this year, 336 more than the same period last year.

In response to the increase of gun violence in Chicago, CPD said officers strategically arrested several "notable" gang members and partnered with state and federal authorities to target organized gang activity. Police said these maneuver should have an impact on the number of retaliatory shootings.

Officers seized 6,521 illegal guns so far in 2015. CPD said gun arrests are up 22 percent this year compared to the same time period in 2014. The total number of arrests so far this year are down 11 percent.

Police said citizen complaints are down 18 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2014, and down more than 45 percent over the last four years.

The department also said it plans to have more than 1,400 officers wear body cameras in six districts across the city, once the next-gen camera technology is evaluated and a vendor is chosen.

Here's breakdown of CPD's latest crime numbers:

MURDERS - 1 Jan - 30 NOV

2011: 400

2012: 476

2013: 382

2014: 377

2015: 429

SHOOTINGS - 1 Jan - 30 NOV

2011: 2045

2012: 2294

2013: 1714

2014: 1885

2015: 2221

SHOOTING VICS - 1 Jan - 30 NOV

2011: 2335

2012: 2716

2013: 2098

2014: 2369

2015: 2696

MURDERS - NOVEMBER

2011: 37

2012: 39

2013: 29

2014: 38

2015: 34

SHOOTINGS - NOVEMBER

2011: 128

2012: 193

2013: 112

2014: 137

2015: 169

SHOOTING VICS - NOVEMBER

2011: 146

2012: 207

2013: 134

2014: 157

2015: 201

CIVILIAN COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE

2015: 3957

2014: 4863

2013: 5842

2012: 6843

2011: 6356

POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTINGS

2015: 19 (7 fatal)

2014: 34 (14 fatal)

2013: 34 (14 fatal)

2012: 42 (11 fatal)

2011: 54 (21 fatal)