The Big Apple’s big drop in crime

It’s an odd question: Should police be fighting criminals—or crime? Yet in today’s law enforcement, such a distinction between action and actor is not seen as odd. And this might help explain why New York has achieved one of the lowest crimes rates the city has ever seen.

Last year, New York saw the fewest shootings since it started tracking them. Major felonies were at the lowest level ever recorded. Most important, gang-related killings were down by almost a third from the year before.

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