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Dallas police say homicide rate down 25 percent

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has recorded 35 fewer homicides this year than it did in 2007, a drop of 25 percent, the, police officials announced Thursday.

That more than doubles the department’s goal of reducing homicides by 10 percent, police officials said.

So far this year, Dallas has had 105 homicides compared to last year’s 140, according to the police department.

Dallas Department’s homicide unit has had a clearance rate of 76 percent so far this year, which is 20 percent higher than the national average, a department spokesman said.

That clearance rate includes the recent arrests of seven people who were involved in three separate homicides, according to police.