Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that the pace of homicides was stemmed in the second half of the year.
“To put that in context, I remember the first half of this past year, when those numbers were well north of 25 percent,” Garcetti said of the homicide rate.
He also said that Los Angeles remains among the safest of the nation’s most populous cities in terms of the homicide rate.
Property crimes rose by 4.2 percent and violent crime increased 3.9 percent.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said the creation of a violent crime taskforce put more officers on the streets and on foot patrols, interacting with residents and community groups.
“Our focus this year has been to shift our resources on this violent crime, particularly shooting violence and robberies, particularly robberies in the second half of the year where we saw the increase in their representation in the number of robberies involving a firearm,” Moore said.
“Our homicide arrests with those added resources increased 37 percent—429 homicide arrests last year,” he said. “That’s a 47 percent increase from two years ago.”
Jack Bradley contributed to this report.