The Chicago murder rate dropped to the lowest it has been since 1965, but city officials aren't fully satisfied. Shootings were also down by about 24 percent, and reports of overall crime have dropped by about 16 percent. However, Chicago’s 2013 death toll remains higher than those in New York and Los Angeles.
An emergency summit has also been called for late July in Chicago to address urban violence -- nine people were killed in the Midwestern city over Independence Day weekend, and more than 40 were injured, including two boys in city parks.
The bombing at the Boston marathon may have shaken the nation to its core, but it has strengthened the resolve of security professionals to perform to the best of their abilities, as well as to supplement their own strength through public-private partnerships.