Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy listens to a reporter's question at Chicago Police Headquarters on May 6, 2013.
In a preview of his appearance before the City Council today, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said that every category of crime—including murder—is down this year.
The totals for every major crime are down this year compared with 2012, according to police statistics. There were 348 murders through Oct. 20 compared with 424 over the same period last year — an 18 percent decrease. Of the other 2013 totals:
In testifying before the City Council, McCarthy said that despite the drop in crime, the police department struggles to get the message out that the crime situation in the city is improving.
McCarthy said a "cultural change" within CPD is taking hold, but the biggest challenge is "communicating what we're doing" with a skeptical public.
McCarthy also said the department’s upcoming December police exam has attracted 19,000 applicants, and that he expected a “good quality crop” of candidates.