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NYPD: City Had 10-Day Period in February With No Murders

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There was a silver lining for the mayor this snowy winter: as the temperature plunged, so did crime.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton say that there was a 10-day period in February where there were no murders at all in the city, something that they say has never happened since the New York City Police Department started keeping records.

The announcement was made Tuesday as de Blasio made a key number of criminal justice appointments.

The mayor talked about how under Bratton's leadership, the NYPD has driven down already historically low levels of crime.

The mayor said that during the first 10 weeks of 2014, major crime was down 2 percent, homicides were down nearly 21 percent from a year ago, and shooting incidents were down more than 14 percent from this time last year.

Residents on the Lower East Side acknowledged that crime has significantly decreased in recent times, but couldn't agree on why.

"It's probably been too cold," said one person. "I think people have been inside. Once it starts warming up, I think people will get back to business again."

"It's encouraging news, and glad to hear that the transformation or the changing hands between Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor de Blasio is going well," said another.

"It's pretty intense to think about," said a third. "I don't know if that indicates more about the state of community in New York or it indicates the state of policing in New York. I'd like to think it's more about people."

De Blasio stressed that this decrease in crime is due to not just aggressive policing, but what he said is respectful policing.

"Under Commissioner Bratton's leadership, the NYPD has shown that it is able to keep reducing crime while dialing back the tensions that have too long marred the relationship between police and community," de Blasio said.

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