CHICAGO (CBS) — Police say on Wednesday, no shootings or homicides were reported in Chicago for a period of 24 hours, for the first time in nearly a year.

In a statement, police Supt. Garry McCarthy credited the lack of violence to “the tremendous police work of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department.”

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He pointed out that since May of last year, the department has placed 1,000 officers back in districts from special units, and instituted the data-driven CompStat program to track and fight crime.

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Commanders have been given more resources to reduce crime in their districts, McCarthy said in the statement.

Police say the no-shooting milestone is clearly the result of good police work. Community activists agree for the most part.

But Andrew Holmes adds: “It takes a community to speak out, too.”

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Tio Hardiman of CeaseFire says the news release is premature, coming after only one day without gunfire.

“You want to get a string of days going without a shooting or a homicide,” he says.

McCarthy says it was worth noting the “flipside” to media stories that appear in the wake of shootings.

But he says it’s progress — not an end to the fight.

Last year, the murder rate was down 2 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, and overall crime was down 8 percent.

The only one of the city’s 25 police districts that saw a rise in crime was the Englewood District, in which 56 people were killed.

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Published reports have also pointed out that while the overall murder rate is down in Chicago, the murder rate in New York is a third of Chicago’s even though that city has three times as many people, the Chicago Sun-Times pointed out earlier this month. The murder rate in Los Angeles is about half that of Chicago, the newspaper reported.