According to a report released just before the midterm elections by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a group of police executives representing the major cities in the United States and Canada, violent crime in the United States is on the rise despite a minor decrease in homicides.
While MCCA member agencies continue to develop new and innovative strategies to address rising violent crime, there is a distinct need to have a robust conversation regarding the driving factors and systematic failures that have contributed to the current state of affairs, the organization said in a press release accompanying the report last month.
The survey, which polled 70 of the largest police departments in the United States, concluded that violent crime rose by more than 4% between 2021 and 2022. The rates of both robberies (13.1%) and severe assaults (2.6%) have increased significantly from 2021 to 2022.
In spite of this, the analysis showed that the increase in killings the country has seen since 2020 may be leveling out, with homicides dropping 2.4% in 2022 compared to midyear 2021. The number of rapes has also gone down this year, by 5.1% compared to the same time last year.