Amid low staff morale and seemingly never-ending controversies surrounding the Domain Awareness Center, there appears to be at least one silver lining for the Oakland Police Department.

Last year Oakland was rated the second-deadliest city in America, according to the FBI crime statistics. This year, it has dropped to fourth place.

According to CNN Money, Oakland’s police force is less than one-third the size of the average city in California. This is despite the fact that Oakland remains the most crime ridden municipality in the Golden State.

However, department statistics bear good news: Oakland’s murder tally fell a whopping 30% last year, the lowest it has been since 2004.

“That is progress and it shows that we are on the right track, but it’s not ‘mission accomplished,’” Mayor Jean Quan’s spokesman Sean Maher said to the SF Chronicle.

Other cities who made the list include:

  1. Camden, New Jersey
  2. Flint, Michigan
  3. Detroit, Michigan
  4. Oakland, California
  5. St. Louis, Missouri
  6. Cleveland, Ohio
  7. Gary, Indiana
  8. Newark, New Jersey
  9. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  10. Birmingham, Alabama

The FBI data tracks violent and property crime nationwide.

For more on the crime statistics, read the full article at The Examiner.