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City’s Homicide Rate Drops 33% for 1996

The South Gate Police Department has released new statistics indicating a drop in violent crimes and property crimes across the city.

During 1996, South Gate’s homicide rate fell 33%, more than twice the figure for homicide reduction statewide over roughly the same period. Reported rapes in the city similarly dropped 26%, while robberies declined 16%.

Deputy Chief George Troxcil attributed the decreases to the 94-officer department’s focus on outreach programs and street gang intervention.

“Instead of just going out and responding to [drug- and gang-related] problems, we solve the problems,” Troxcil said.

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