In the first quarter of last year, there were 25 homicides. In the first quarter of this year, there have been 34.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Monday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will release its quarterly report on crime trends for the first three months of 2024.

It’s expected there are some areas which might show improvement, but there is one number the public already knows has increased: Homicides in the Queen City are up this year.

In the first quarter of last year, there were 25 homicides. In the first quarter of this year, there have been 34.

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A closer look at the numbers show that Charlotte is one of several cities seeing such an increase, while many other cities are seeing double digit declines in their homicide rates since the pandemic, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The article written by Dan Frosch and Cameron McWhirter said homicides in American cities are falling at the fastest pace in decades, bringing them close to levels they were at before a pandemic-era jump.

The reporters gathered data from police departments from around the country.

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Despite these promising numbers across the country, CMPD is on the other end of the spectrum, looking to figure out what can be done to reverse this trend. 

It’s something Lt. Kevin Pietrus said last month when addressing the spike in homicides.

“That’s a difficult start to the year,” Pietrus said at the time. “We have a lot of work to do and hopefully this is a trend that doesn’t continue and won’t define the rest of the year for us.”

CMPD’s meeting will take place at its main headquarters in Uptown Charlotte on Monday at 1 p.m.

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