Police say gunfire dropped nearly 50 percent in Camden over 1st 6 months of 201

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CAMDEN, New Jersey — Police in Camden say the number of shootings in the city dropped by nearly half in the first six months of the year.

The Camden County Porlice Department, which patrols the city, uses a microphone system to determine when shots are fired.

The department says the company that provides the service, Shotspotter Flex, tells them it tracked 99 times guns were fired from January through June. That compares with 193 in the same period in 2013.

Officials say that replacing the city police department with the county department and hiring more officers are reducing crime.

Officials tell the Courier-Post that there have been 23 violent deaths so far this year, down from 40 at this time last year.

Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, New Jersey), http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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