Following a double-digit increase in the murder rate in 2008, 2009 saw the same murder rate drop by 11 percent. There were 453 murders in Chicago in 2009 compared to 511 in 2008. Experts believe that the double-digit increase in 2008 was an anomaly. The murder rate has been declining nationally for many years. Last year's increase was not expected. Experts are unsure about why the murder rate declined in 2009 but Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis is quick to take credit for the drop in the murder rate. He cites the reorganization of the city crime gang teams, the increased use of informants, increased efforts to patrol neighborhoods and encouraging commanders to come up with innovative and creative ways to deal with their respective neighborhoods.
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