DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton has seen a drop in gun violence through the first six months of the year.
Numbers show the city has had 222 gun crimes so far this year compared to 266 at this time last year, a more than 16 percent reduction.
Gun injuries have also dropped from 71 to 52, a 27 percent reduction.
Police Chief Richard Biehl thinks programs like the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence have helped along with catching those behind gun crimes.
“Clearly having high risk violent offenders off the street is a very important one,” says Biehl of the factors. “We work very vigorously to holding individuals accountable.”
The decline in gun violence comes as homicides have gone up from 15 this time last year to 19 so far this year.
Biehl says as many as three of the homicides this year may be ruled justifiable. He thinks the overall amount of gun violence is a better indicator of crime in the city.
“It certainly says we’ve become an increasingly safer community this year,” Biehl says.
But Biehl cautions that the year end numbers will give a better picture of crime trends in the city.