D.C. saw a double digit drop in crime in 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Washington, D.C. saw an 11% decrease in overall crime in 2017, compared with 2016, and a 22% drop in violent crime.

District leaders touted the drop at the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences on Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham credited, among many factors, the relationship officers have with the community and resident's willingness to assist in investigations. To the latter point, he added many homeowners have been buying into the District's home security camera rebate program.

"Our ability to capture images of people that are involved in violent crimes is one of the things that I think has been most beneficial," added Newsham.

Homicides also saw a 14% percent drop.

Newsham said most homicides are personal disputes that turn deadly because those involved have access to illegal firearms.

"2,178 illegal firearms have been recovered in the District of Columbia and if you ask me, that’s way to many. But, I’m absolutely convinced that we have not gotten them all," added Newsham.

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