MINNEAPOLIS -- The mayor and police chief of Minneapolis are reporting that the city's violent crime rate has dropped for the second year in a row.
Mayor R.T. Rybak and Chief Tim Dolan say violent crime is down 13 percent citywide so far in 2008, compared to 2007. It's down 24 percent compared to 2006. That includes drops in homicides, robberies, aggravated assault and juvenile crime.
The violent crime rates fell in all five of the city's police precincts.
City leaders are attributing the drop to community-oriented policing aimed at building connections between police and the neighborhoods they patrol. That effect has helped combat juvenile crime, a major driver in violent crime.
Rybak says it will be a challenge for the city to maintain positive trends as the economy worsens and government funds are harder to come by.
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