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“How can anyone possibly track success or failure if these stats don’t exist?

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“Dear PoPville,

I have tried without success to find the DC Police clearance rate when it comes to murders, shootings and robberies. In Chicago, the police only clear 4% of shootings and 14% of murders. To remedy this, they are considering adding more detectives. I live in Park View and in my personal experience, I rarely see any of these types of crimes cleared. The police say they don’t track these stats. [Ed. Note: I’m sure they must track homicides clearances, maybe they don’t share it with us but surely they track it, no?] Obviously other cities do, so why don’t we? How can anyone possibly track success or failure if these stats don’t exist?”

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