Crime Commission: New Orleans crime up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Metropolitan Crime Commission reports arrests in New Orleans slid again in the first half of 2013. The commission's latest semi-annual report shows 60,000 total arrests in 2009 to barely half that number during the 12 months ending in June.

Total arrests fell by 9 percent from the first half of 2011 to the same period this year, and arrests for violent felonies slid by 12 percent.

The city has reported a 13 percent rise in the number of "person crimes" - including murders, rapes, robberies and assaults. Commission President Rafael Goyeneche says the numbers show the city isn't getting any safer.

The report finds more than 300 police have left the force since Mayor Mitch Landrieu took office in 2010.

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