Murders at historic low in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The number of murders committed in Nashville has fallen to a historic low.

During 2014, there were 41 criminal homicides, which is the smallest amount for the city since the Metropolitan Nashville government was created in 1963.

This was also the second consecutive year for a drop in these types of crimes.

The breakdown of the 2014 numbers are as follows:

  • 2 fewer victims (5% decrease from 2013’s total of 43)
  • 71 fewer victims (63% decrease from the city’s highest murder total of 112 in 1997)
  • 4 fewer victims (9% decrease from 1963’s total of 45, which, until last year, had been the city’s low)
  • 33 fewer victims (44% decrease from the 52-year Nashville murder average of 74)

The domestic homicide total for 2014 was four, which was a 55 percent reduction from 2013’s total of nine. It’s also the lowest the number the city has seen since the MNPD’s Domestic Violence Division was created in 1994.

Chief Steve Anderson says the cooperation between law enforcement and the community was a contributing factor to the lower numbers.

“The further reduction in our city’s homicide total is a reflection of the close partnerships the police department shares with stakeholders throughout Nashville, including families at the neighborhood level, clergy, business and civic groups,” Anderson said.  “While even one murder is too many, our collective determination to dissuade extreme violence and enhance safety is meeting with positive results.”

Pastor Enoch Fuzz
Pastor Enoch Fuzz

Pastor Enoch Fuzz of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in north Nashville has been working with Metro police and the community for years trying to make the streets feel safer. He also credits the historic decline to team work.

“When citizens see activities in the community and they’re able to report it to police, and they have quick access to police, they feel empowered,” said Pastor Fuzz.

The pastor strongly believes that continued collaboration between police and community will result with fewer and fewer homicides for years to come.

“This whole city is embracing that we are not going to tolerate neither violence nor the perception that our community is not safe,” said Pastor Fuzz.

The numbers for major crimes in 2014 won’t be finalized for a couple of  weeks; however, Anderson believes the city will see a 3 percent decrease from 2013.

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