California's Violent Crime Rate Falls for Third Consecutive Year

Office of Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Praising the "dedicated and courageous efforts" of local law enforcement officials, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released the California Department of Justice's annual crime report for 2009, which continued the promising trend of declining crime rates in California, including a 6.6% reduction in the state's violent crime rate.

"This latest drop in crime," Brown said, "is good news for Californians and reflects well on the dedicated and courageous efforts of peace officers throughout the state. Yet it is no cause for complacency. Crime remains a serious problem in California, and law enforcement officials at every level must redouble their efforts to ensure public safety."

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