But the violent crime rate remains well below historical rates.
Pfaff questioned the notion that the country may be faced with a fresh wave of violent crime. Modesto trailed closely behind 988 violent crimes per 100,000 people. "And we must do it together", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement accompanying the new figures. About 20,000 people were killed across the U.S.in 1995. In 2016, the violent crime rate in Houston was 1,026 crimes per 100,000 residents. Homicide, though up 7.9%, was still 48% below its peak in 1980.
We have written a number of times about the U.S.'s rapidly increasing violent crime rate, which dates to the Ferguson fiasco and the rise of Black Lives Matter. In his inaugural address, he pledged to stop what he called "American carnage".
Clements singled out the department's violent crime task force, which played a significant role in helping the city seize 171 guns in 2016.
And that's important, said Ames Grawert, counsel for the Brennan Center's Justice Program. Chicago saw a 60 percent jump in killings from 2015, accounting for more than 20 percent of the nation's increase in murders, the center said. The governor said the 33 percent decrease was the largest in the country, which saw an 8.6 percent increase in homicides. "Crime is incredibly geographically conscience - not just Chicago verses other cities, but even within Chicago".
Violent crime also increased notably in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Jose and Baltimore.
Aggravated assaults, the violent encounters that often precede deadly crimes, account for 64.3 percent of violent crimes in the country, followed by robberies, which make up 26.6 percent.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden says part of the reason crime has spiked so dramatically over the past couple of years is the case management order that was put into place in 2015.
What's happening right now defies a big picture, national explanation.
"I think what we're doing very is really tapping into our partners, both on the law enforcement side and the community", Clements said.
The rate, however, remains below historic levels, with the 2016 level 12.3 percent below that of 2007, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Violent crime fell 8% in Hartford and 4% in Springfield.
Ask anyone in Albuquerque about crime and they'll say it's on the rise. "Then crime resumed dropping".
Number of Chicago crime reports by date, 2001-17.
Despite the recent surge in violent crime and murder, 2016 still remained relatively peaceful when compared with the 1990s. For property crimes, 18.3 percent were cleared previous year compared with 20.2 percent in 2014. In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million arrests were made for drug abuse violations, the most for any measured type of crime.