The AP reports that New York City had 290 murders last year. It is the fewest on record in the modern era. There also were fewer shootings and fewer overall crimes reported in 2017. From 2016, arrests were down by more than 30,000. Police say the decline in crime is due in part to focusing more on larger takedowns and less on smaller infractions. A shift to focus on community-based policing in the city's precincts has also been credited. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday, "New York is not the violent nightmare we once read about. It's our home and we're willing to fight for it."
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the drop in crime represents the high point in the department's history.