Albany Officials & Residents Hoping for a Less Violent 2019

With summer on the horizon, Albany city officials and residents are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2018, when the city saw 15 homicides, the most in nearly two decades.

A number of people were speaking out at a Common Council Public Safety Committee meeting Monday night.

Interestingly, Police Chief Eric Hawkins says overall crime was down in Albany last year, and violent crime dropped by 8%, in spite of the huge increase in homicides.

He says the city still has to address the "fear of crime."

While much of the conversation focused on a need for more programs for young people, many people said it's the adults who are often the offenders, and that has to be dealt with too.

Photo: WNYT

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