|Monday, March 28, 2011 – Anne Kramer and Steve Fermier|
|The overall crime rate continued a sharp downward trend in Baltimore County last year.
The Police department is reporting that homicides in 2010 declined nearly 36 percent percent from the year before.
Police Chief James Johnson says there were 20 murders last year compared with 31 in 2009.
He says arrests have made in 17 of the 20 murders.
The police chief and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz credit the hard work of officers and the cooperation that police have with citizens to help solve and even stop crime.
County officials say they will release more crime figures as part of the annual Uniform Crime Report in the coming weeks.