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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – -

In a year of budget cuts and a TACT unit suspension, the Memphis Police Department said they still saw a decrease in most of their violent crimes, including homicides.

In 2013, MPD saw a seven-percent decrease in criminal homicides: The first decrease they have seen in homicides since 2010 when there were 93 homicides.

According to MPD, there were a total of 150 homicides, 21 of those considered justifiable and without criminal intent; in 2012 there were 157 total homicides with 140 of those considered criminal.

Memphis police said there were 349 rapes in 2013 compared to 420 in 2012; 3,152 robberies in 2013 compared to 3,406 in 2012.

Back at the beginning of 2013, MPD Director Toney Armstrong  said in a statement, "Hopefully through community policing, realignment of manpower throughout the city of Memphis and by bringing our resources to every precinct (such as investigative bureaus), we will see a difference in 2013."

In 2013, the city slashed MPD's budget by 2.5-percent; as a result, Armstrong cut $6 million from the department's budget.

The department's tact unit was also suspended for approximately two months during an internal investigation following an October incident where two officers were shot in a standoff with a murders suspect.

MPD said Armstrong could not comment on the latest statistics as of Wednesday.

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