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The city has seen a 2 percent drop in crime since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, and yesterday he attributed the reduction to his policing approach. Murders fell by 21 percent, shootings dropped by 14 percent, and the city went 10 days without a murder. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who again mixed up some statistics while speaking, conceded that unseasonable cold and numerous snowstorms probably helped. Major felonies in the city's biggest parks rose, however, and last year saw an 18 percent jump. Meanwhile, the commissioner will be transferring at least 100 NYPD commanders in a sweeping overhaul.

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