Suffolk police commissioner says violent crime is at lowest rate on record
The Suffolk Police Department says violent crime is currently at its lowest level on record.
Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart says that while fatal shootings are up around the country, homicides in Suffolk are down 11.8%
She says there has been no increase in fatal shootings in Suffolk, but nonfatal shootings are up by a total of six -- from 27 to 33.
She added that while overall crime is down, the county is seeing an increase in robberies, commercial burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.
Hart blamed several factors for the crimes that saw an uptick -- including the economic downturn, shuttered courts and bail reform.