NEW ORLEANS -- Violent crime is on the decline across New Orleans is the message from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials.
They held a news conference inside the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office highlighting crimefighting efforts in 2013 NOLA for Life and a multi-agency gang unit were credited for helping curb murder and violence on the streets of New Orleans this year.
Officials like Mayor Mitch Landrieu, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite addressed the media in the afternoon.
The mayor credited various federal, state and local agencies for helping target and arrest gang members along with NOLA for Life's call-in program that reaches out to career criminals to offer them alternatives to the street life.
According to the mayor, it's been a successful year for local law enforcement. Landrieu said the gang unit indicted 74 individuals from seven gangs this year alone, helping to reduce the city's murder rate.
'The number of murders in the city of New Orleans are down,' Landrieu said. 'In the first 11 months of this year we had the fewest number of murders in New Orleans that we've had in 40 years.'
The mayor says of the 150 individuals who've taken part in NOLA for Life's call ins, 20 percent have agreed to work with the program.