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Ciminelli: Crime at an All-Time Low; Gun Violence Remains a Challenge

By Staff


mr local ciminelli shootingAlthough city crime statistics are at an all-time low, gun violence represented the majority of aggravated assaults in 2015, city officials said Wednesday.

According to Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli, RPD data showed Part 1 crimes, or those deemed most serious by the FBI, fell to its lowest point in 25 years in 2015. In addition, violent crimes remained relatively flat, ending with the second lowest total in 10 years, and the fourth lowest total in 25 years. Part 1 crimes for 2015 were also down 21 percent, from the five-year average.

Property crimes were down 22 percent, and violent crimes were down 16 percent.

However, despite the reduction in crime overall, there was a 20 percent increase in the number of shooting victims from 2014 to 2015, which Ciminelli said marked a 15 percent increase from 10 years ago.

“Gun violence drove the increase in aggravated assaults in 2015, so I’d like to talk about that,” Ciminelli stated. “This next chart shows shooting incidents by year, from 2000 through 2015, and that gives you a sense that, after some reductions, we have been experiencing a level of gun violence in 2015 which was higher. So, we were up 20 percent shooting victims compared to 2014, and this number’s about 15 percent higher than the five- and 10-year averages. Again, there’s no obvious reason why. While we had some notable, significant incidents, there’s no one glaring issue to pinpoint.”

Ciminelli also said incidents of high-profile events, which included multiple shooting victims in 2015, have also been a concern for the department.

“Fifty-eight of our shooting victims, which is about 25 percent, were shot in multiple-shooting incidents, so that’s a concern we have to address,” he stated. “We know that roughly 60 percent of our shooting incidents are dispute-related, and, in 2015, it’s no exception. These typically encompass simple interpersonal arguments, or rather something that starts as interpersonal arguments, over things like relationships, insults, and perceived disrespect. It seems like the people involved in these disputes are more like to try to settle them with a firearm than they have in the past.”

Ciminelli said the RPD has planned several strategic initiatives to focus on decreasing gun violence, including dispute identification and intervention; an increased focus on known gun offenders; and targeted patrols in areas with increased gun activity.  Mayor Lovely Warren also created a new gun court last year.

“Too many people are settling their disputes with guns,” Warren stated Wednesday. “We must give our children the promise of a better future.”

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