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1. The number of homicides in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose jumped dramatically in 2012, the Chron reported. The increase in homicides came at the same time that those three cities experienced significant reductions in the number of police officers they employ. The one major exception to this trend was the City of Richmond, which has seen a dramatic drop in violent crime in recent years, and last year had the lowest number of homicides in more than a decade.