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Homicides in Baltimore expected to fall below 300 for first time in years

(Baltimore, MD) -- The City of Baltimore is on track to record its fewest number of homicides in years.

Right now, the city has recorded 226 homicides so far this year.

That's the total number of homicides the city recorded in all of 1982, more than forty years ago.

Each year for the past eight years, the city has topped 300 murders.

Mayor Brandon Scott credits the drop, in part, to his violence reduction programs such as Safe Streets.

But the Safe Streets program has come under criticism recently.

The FBI raided the Belair-Edison offices of the violence interruption program last week.

Safe Streets supervisor David Caldwell was charged with illegal possession of ammunition after a separate raid by federal agents at his home.

Information contributed by 247newssource.com.