MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police said 200 people were killed in 2017 compared to 2016's record-breaking year of 228 homicides.
Of those 200 homicides, 186 were criminal and the remaining 14 were justifiable.
Officials were able to solve 129 of the 200 homicides. Police also said the victims and suspects knew each other in 123 of the 129 solved homicides.
Troy Booker is one of many fathers grieving and praying for a change in the city in 2018. His son was an innocent bystander shot and killed in December.
"We need to get more cops out there and they need to be on alert," Booker said.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland admits help for MPD is on the way and said his biggest focus in 2018 will be crime.
"Clearly the biggest challenge is crime, and we've said that since the day I was sworn in," Strickland said.
MPD plans to add more officers. Strickland said the city is seeing an increase in police recruitment, and his administration has added incentives aimed at retaining more officers.
The mayor wasn't available for an interview Tuesday to detail more specifics, but he spoke Monday at the city's prayer breakfast.
"Doing a lot more programming in our libraries and community centers, intervening in lives of young people," Strickland said.
He said he's still lobbying for harsher punishments for violent offenders and working to add even more jobs to the thousands of new jobs in 2017.
"I know they're doing what they can, but I know more can be done," Booker said.
Booker also agrees with the mayor, saying it takes everyone to truly fight this problem.
The city released the following statement, including a list of active plans they've been working on to fix crime and improve Memphis.