Philadelphia Creating Police Unit to Solve Shootings

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - 6:51am

Philadelphia police are creating a unit devoted to solving non-fatal shootings. With the number of people shot in Philadelphia approaching 2,200 for the year, Channel 3 Eyewitness News has learned police officials are close to announcing the launch of a 40-detective unit. It's unclear when the unit will go live, but sources say it will be a significant allocation of resources at a time when shootings and homicides have spiraled into record territory. District Attorney Larry Krasner said witnesses to shootings must cooperate with investigators, an element he explains is driving a dismal solution rate.

"We need the help of the public, the solve rate for shootings at this time is around 17%," Krasner said. "We can't have a city where 83% of shooters are getting away with those shootings." We need to help with the public. We need them to come forward and we need you to understand that our office and the police will do everything in our power to protect you, to make sure that you are not in danger."

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