Killings and shootings on the decline in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Killings and nonfatal shootings in Arkansas’ capital city have declined since Little Rock police beefed up patrols about six weeks ago.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner says the increased visibility of police is a contributing factor, but officials stop short of saying that the decline is solely because of the additional patrols.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Arkansas State Police increased patrols on August 14th, and Little Rock police began working its extra patrols on August 18th.

Police Department data indicates that in the 40 days between August 18th and September 26th, Little Rock had two homicides and 11 nonfatal shootings. But in the 40 days prior to the patrols, Little Rock recorded 13 homicides and 22 nonfatal shootings.

Little Rock police have not reported a homicide since August 20th.