Montgomery Police Make Arrests in 17 Homicide Cases


By Ashley Thompson

While Montgomery has had 22 homicides this year, arrests have been made in the majority of the cases.  Montgomery Police say they work around the clock to try to keep these cases from becoming cold.
Of the 22 homicides in Montgomery, arrests have been made in 17 of them. Montgomery Police say their clearance rate for solving homicides is 70 percent, higher than the national average. Chief Kevin Murphy credits extensive training.

Chief Murphy says Blackshear will start programs to curb violence soon.

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"Our crime scene detectives in my opinion are a cut above," he says. "They receive a lot of really good training that is scientific in nature and teaches them to be very thorough at crime scenes."

In March, Alabama News Network spoke with Dr. Earnest Blackshear, who's been assigned by the Montgomery Police Department to lead a task force on community violence. Blackshear is a clinical psychologist at Alabama State University who has spent years researching crime trends. He says although Montgomery police take responsibility for the city's homicides, he believes they shouldn't always have to.

"We have to work on awareness campaigns to make it okay for people to understand that it's not the police's job to prevent homicides," he says. "The police's job is once a homicide occurs, to find the perpetrator."

And Montgomery police continue to work day and night to solve cases. But Chief Murphy says they could use some help from the community.

"The unsolved bother us," Murphy says. "We want to solve every one. We could if we had cooperation in some cases where people know who did it but are not willing to come forward."

Though no arrests have been made in five murders, some residents say Montgomery police are doing the best they can.

"I think they're doing a good job," says resident Josh Price. "I know we've had a few problems, especially with gang violence for a while and if they're stepping it up, thats great."

"I'm really proud of that," says Montgomery resident Emily Warren. "Being from Montgomery, I'm really proud that I feel protected as a citizen and I feel like when something bad happens, I know that people are going to get what they deserve and that we're protected."

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