552 fewer murders

The first half of 2012 closed with 552 fewer homicides than were committed in the first half of 2011 according to the PNC.    The total number of murders during the first six months was 1562.  Although recognizing the dramatic change created by the gang truce which began in March, the PNC announced that it continues to execute operations against suspected gang members, rounding up some 4200 suspects in June. No word of any increased efforts at prevention, programs for at-risk youth, programs for re-insertion of ex-gang members, or programs to develop a culture of peace in the country.