Lt. Bruce Ferguson with the LPD says the downward trend can be attributed to a few things.
They have been focusing programs and education is three key areas, he says, can contribute to high murder rates.
Domestic violence, child abuse, and drugs.
15 people were murdered in Lansing in 2000. 11 in 1004... and just 8 last year.
Right now, Lansing is on pace to see 5 or less murders in 2006.