DC murder rate for 2009 lowest since 1966

Good news:

Homicides in Washington hit a 43-year low in 2009.

Police say the nation’s capital recorded 143 slayings in 2009, the fewest since 1966. Police had hoped to achieve the lowest total since 1964, when there were 132, but there were three slayings on New Year’s Eve.

The homicide total represents a 23 percent drop from 2008.

Metropolitan Police also closed 75 percent of murder cases, the second year in a row closed cases topped 70 percent.

That’s a long way from being the “murder capital” of the country and that’s an achievement everyone can applaud.