THE BRONX - The NYPD is reporting an overall citywide decline in the murder rate from one year ago.

The report shows a 23 percent decline in murders for The Bronx over last year. The 44th Precinct reported the sharpest drop, with a nearly 60 percent decline in murders, going from 19 murders last year to eight this year.

The NYPD credits the decline in murders to the stop-and-frisk policy, while community activists credit gang crackdowns.