BALTIMORE — With murders in Baltimore hitting a record pace, city officials are focusing on a strategy that calls for getting more police officers out on the streets.

The city had its highest-ever number of homicides through September. Police say 266 people were killed during the first nine months of the year, exceeding the 262 people killed during the same period in 1992.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Baltimore Sun that the strategy includes putting more officers on the street and creating more educational and economic opportunities for city residents.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said police have been analyzing the most recent homicides, but are not seeing a new trend or pattern. He said motives in the killings include a domestic dispute, a robbery, a drug dispute and an argument over a dice game.

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