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Sheriff: Violent crime in Hennepin County up slightly last year

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Hennepin County officials say violent crime rose by three percent in 2012, but still remains at much lower levels than in recent years, the Star Tribune reports.

Officials with the county said despite the rise, violent crime -- which the FBI defines as murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- was down 37 percent from 2006 to 2012.

The report Friday also indicated that violent crime in the county was at its second-lowest level since 1983.

Parsing the numbers, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said violent crime was down 10 percent when the City of Minneapolis was excluded.

The Star Tribune said the numbers released by the county Friday were estimates, and that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will release the official numbers later this year.

The report Friday comes about six weeks after new Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau reported that the city also had a slight increase in crime last year, yet was at its second-lowest level since 1983.

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