$\begin{array} { c c } \hline \text { Police Officers (per 100,000) } & \text { Murders (per 100,000 per yr) } \\\hline 1109 & 46 \\1238 & 44 \\1235 & 38 \\1298 & 40 \\1077 & 49 \\1076 & 42 \\\hline\end{array}$

The correlation coefficient between the per capita number of police officers and the per capita murder rates -0.666. Which of the following is the best interpretation of the correlation coefficient?

A)Higher murder rates make it more difficult for cities to hire police officers.

B)The per capita number of police officers and the per capita murder rates arepositively associated.

C)More per capita police officers results in fewer per capita murders.

D)The per capita murder rate tends to go down as the per capita number of policeofficers goes up.

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