The NYPD’s CompStat data showed 516 homicides in the city last year, up from 496 in 2007.
That’s still a dramatic change from 1990, when 2,262 homicides earned New York the title of “murder capital” of the nation.
Though the figures are subject to change, the 2008 tally also represents a drop from the 596 homicides investigated in New York in 2006.
The NYPD, which began compiling the report in 1963, cited its Operation Impact as a chief reason for the improvement in recent years.
The operation places more uniformed officers in concentrated areas where crime rates are high, the NYPD said.