Homicides in Fresno have dropped by half compared to a year ago due to a crackdown on gangs.  LEWIS GRISWOLD – THE FRESNO BEE

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Homicides in Fresno have dropped by half compared to a year ago due to a crackdown on gangs.
FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT

FRESNO, California — Homicides in Fresno have dropped by half compared to a year ago due to a crackdown on gangs, Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said Tuesday.

There have been 12 homicides this year in Fresno compared to 24 last year to date, Dyer said.

But Fresno would be a safer place to live if the state would stop reducing the number of people in prisons, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said at a joint news conference in Fresno with Dyer and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp.

“There’s a great big 800-pound gorilla in the room,” Scott said.

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