As of late Thursday night, the NYPD had not investigated a murder since February 1, leaving NYC without any reported murders for 11 days. That’s a “modern record,” according to the New York Daily News:
The city is in the midst of a murder-free stretch that snapped the “modern-day” record at midnight Thursday. NYPD officials noted it’s the longest such period going back to at least the establishment of CompStat — the NYPD’s computerized crime-tracking system — in 1994.
“Only for the third time in modern history have we had 10 days without a murder,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
The city observed a 10-day murder-free streak in February of 2014, and before that, there were two stretches in 2013 with at least seven consecutive murder-free days each.
The Daily News observes that snow and cold temperatures often cause “dips in crime,” but city officials credited the NYPD.
“This extraordinary streak of safety over the past several days is testament to the hard work of the men and women of the NYPD, and further evidence that New York City is the safest big city in America,” said Mayor de Blasio, who has been on shaky terms with the police force since the Eric Garner protests. “It’s also proof we can bring police and the community closer together and keep crime down in our neighborhoods.”