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Crime Trackers: Homicide numbers down in Tucson-area

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Violent crime nationwide is down, according to the FBI. In Tucson, the stats reflect the trend around the country.

Homicides in the Tucson-area are down from last year. There were more than 40 homicides within the city and the county altogether.

Pima County Sheriff's Department reported they had 11 murders, four less than 2014.

Tucson Police Department reported they had 33 homicides, five less than 2014.

This is also the year that every patrol officer was given an Individual First Aid Kit. The purpose of the IFAK is stop bleeding in order to give the patient a better chance of surviving an injury. This year, IFAKs were used 75 times, according to Capt. Eric Kazmierczak.

“Any doctor will tell you the faster you can stop the bleeding, the faster you can provide medical care, the better chance the patient has." said Kazmierczak. "That's what this is really about. It's about shortening the time; the onset of the injury to the time they receive medical care.”

While Kazmierczak said he can not say for certain, he believes the IFAK is responsible for saving lives. He said he knows first-hand that the first-aid kits have definitely saved lives.

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