DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — After five years of steady climb in violent crime, a North Carolina city is poised to reverse the trend.

The Herald-Sun reports that Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis told the City Council on Monday that violent crime in Durham dropped 28 percent in the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period last year.

Her announcement was met with congratulation from Mayor Steve Schewel, who commended the "tremendous achievement."

Davis cited renewed focus on uniform patrol staffing, apprehension of repeat offenders, coordination with prosecutors and increased community support as factors.

She also said citizen complaints had dropped by 80 percent.

Schewel also credited reducing the criminalization of small acts and requiring authorization for consent searches as factors in increasing community trust and decreasing crime.

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Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com