Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief William Bratton say the rate of violent crimes in the City of Los Angeles decreased during the first three months of the calendar year when compared to the first quarter of 2004.

Citywide, violent crime during the three months was down 27 percent from the same period a year earlier, the mayor and police chief say.

In the LAPD Pacific Area, violent crimes were down almost 11 percent for the period this year and more than 30 percent over the same period two years ago, according to the office of the mayor.

“What we are seeing in Los Angeles are the cumulative effects of our efforts to reform and reorganize the LAPD, which includes the reinstatement of community policing, moving officers from behind desks and out into the field, faster respond times, and a smarter and more strategic deployment of resources to prevent crimes before they happen,” said Hahn, who is seeking a second four-year term in a runoff election Tuesday, May 17th.

“We must continue our momentum to ensure that families in every neighborhood throughout the city feel safe from random violence and to achieve my goal of making Los Angeles the safest big city in America,” the mayor said.

“During the first three months of this year, the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department have dedicated themselves to making this city safer,” Bratton said. “They have been successful.

“Crime in all categories is down significantly. Even so, there is still much more work to be done.

“The alarming levels of gang violence in our neighborhoods must be addressed with community partnerships and strategies that include enforcement, intervention and prevention.”