Homi­cides in Boston are on track to fall for the third straight year, driven down­ward by solid police work, an aging pop­u­la­tion, and better trauma care, according to law enforce­ment offi­cials and specialists.

Jack Levin, pro­fessor of soci­ology and crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, cred­ited the drop in homi­cides in Boston to police work, a high number of immi­grants, and a pop­u­la­tion that is aging.

When the number of killings peaked in Boston in 1990 at 152, the city began employing new methods that helped cut into the homi­cide rate, Levin said.

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