The murder rate was down in New Orleans again last year. According to NOPD, there were 119 murders in the city in 2019. That’s down 27 from the previous year and down 54 from 2016..
According to NOPD, these are murder totals for the past four years:
2019 – 119 murders
2018 – 146 murders
2017 – 157 murders
2016 – 173 murders
Authorities there attribute the continuing decrease and overall reduction in violent crime, in part, to NOPD’s strategy of targeting a core group of repeat violent offenders through partnerships with state and federal partners.
“I want to thank the men and women of the NOPD for their consistent and determined efforts to bring about this historic reduction in the number of murders in New Orleans,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “Through their work, and with the vital cooperation from our state and federal partners, we are making New Orleans a safer place to live and visit. While we are pleased with the continued reduction in yearly murder totals, we know there is still more work to do.”