New York City, once notorious for high crime, broke a record on Thursday with no murders reported for 10 straight days.
The historic calm achieved at 12:01 a.m. Thursday comes on the heels of a notable year — murders in 2014 fell to an all-time low of 328, the fewest since the NYPD started keeping reliable records in 1963.
“Everybody is behaving,” said police Sgt. Daniel Doody.
The biggest U.S. city kept the peace through the early morning on Thursday, beating the milestone set in 2013, when nine days in a row passed without a single killing.
This year’s notable zero comes in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s struggle to mend a serious rift between City Hall and the country’s biggest police force who, in late December, staged a slowdown to protest the mayor’s support for anti-police protests. As a result, the number of arrests and court summonses plummeted at the time.
With cold weather forecast for coming days, it’s possible that cooler heads may prevail even longer, said Doody, who noted killings often take place when the hot weather makes people “cranky.”
“But if I could predict that, I would have won the Powerball last night,” he said.