As Baltimore murders soar, mayor talks tough on crime

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday that recent crime figures are “trending in the right direction,” hopeful of achieving a turnaround in a city where the number of homicides this year is nearing the all-time high set in 2015.

The city of roughly 620,000 people has recorded more than 320 killings so far this year, nearing the record 344 slayings in all of 2015. In comparison, New York City, a city of some 8.5 million, is projected to have fewer than 300 homicides this year.

At her weekly press briefing, Pugh said a new city initiative is chipping away at skyrocketing crime as authorities particularly focus attention on five troubled zones. She also said directors from 30 departments have been meeting daily at police headquarters in recent weeks to make crime reduction a top priority.

“We’re focused on the long-term and the short-term. That’s why these…

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