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For the first time in 27 years, the City of Pensacola reported no homicides in 2017, according to preliminary crime statistics released this week.

“The last time the city of Pensacola went a single year without a homicide was in 1990,” Pensacola Police Department spokesman Mike Wood said in a statement Wednesday. “In fact, the last homicide committed in the city was 14 months ago in October of 2016.”

Pensacola Police officers stand outside police headquarters near downtown Pensacola. (City of Pensacola/Special to The Pulse)

Outside the city, Escambia County has reported a significant spike in homicides in 2017, resulting in as many homicide cases in the first half of 2017 as they reported in all of 2016.

The Pensacola Police Department also saw an overall decline in violent crimes and property crimes, according to the preliminary statistics. Wood said full statistics and specific numbers will be compiled and released by February 1st.

In 2016, the City of Pensacola experienced a 10.2 percent decrease in the total crime rate, recording a historic low for overall crime within city limits in more than 20 years.

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