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Polk County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday September 15th, 2015 :: 01:26 p.m. EDT


PCSO Sees Continued Crime Reduction During First Six Months of 2015

Sheriff Grady Judd is pleased to announced that crime in the Polk County Sheriff's Office primary law enforcement response area* is down 3.4% in the first six months of 2015 compared to the first six months of 2014.

According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 146 fewer crimes overall in the first six months of 2015 than in the first six months of 2014 in the Sheriff's Office primary jurisdiction.

There were 4,063 crimes in the first half of 2015, as compared to 4,209 crimes in the first half of 2014. This continues the trend of a decline in crime in the PCSO jurisdiction. Compared to two years ago (2013), crime in the first six months of 2015 is down 12.5%.

Of the seven crime categories, there were decreases in four: 14 fewer robberies (a 18.4% decrease), 95 fewer burglaries (a 8.4% decrease), 44 fewer larcenies (a 2% decrease), and 6 fewer motor vehicle thefts (a 2% decrease).

"Despite an increase in population, crime continues to decline in unincorporated Polk County and our contract cities. Thanks to the ongoing and invaluable support of our citizens and the hard work and dedication of our full-time and over 3,000 volunteer members, we are able to effectively fight crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. We will stay proactive and work with the community to keep Polk County a great place to live, work, play, and visit." - Sheriff Grady Judd

Polk crime rate is at historic low.

Polk County's annual crime rate in the unincorporated areas and contract cities* (for which the Polk County Sheriff's Office is responsible) dropped from 2013 to 2014, according to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics reported annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The crime rate, which is the number of crimes per 100 residents, is down 8.7% from 2013 (2.30) to 2014 (2.10). This is the lowest crime rate ever measured in the Polk County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction, breaking the previous record low of 2.30 crimes per 100 from 2013. Reliable crime statistics in Polk County started in 1971, when the crime rate was recorded at 4.16 crimes per 100.

The Polk/PCSO crime rate of 2.1 is 37% less than the Florida state crime rate of 3.45**.

Since 1997, the crime rate in Polk County has fallen by 69%:

Polk County has seen a decrease in the overall crime rate (crimes per 100 residents) since 1997, when PCSO implemented its Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) program. Since then, the crime rate has fallen by 69%**!

PROCAP is a philosophy that emphasizes proactive strategies, focusing on problems, and working hand in hand with the community. Rather than reacting, we are focused on the systematic collection and analysis of crime tips and statistical data to determine where and when crime is occurring, and increasing law enforcement presence and formulating crime reduction strategies in identified areas to prevent future crimes. And our partnerships with citizens, organizations, and businesses have never been stronger-community involvement is a key part of our crime fighting and crime prevention strategies.

Semi-Annual UCR Crime Statistics in unincorporated Polk County and PCSO contract cities:

Category Jan - June 2014 Jan - June 2015 Difference
Homicides 3 5 66.6%
Forced Sex 48 56 16.6%
Robberies 76 62 -18.4%
Agg Assaults 532 535 0.56%
Burglaries 1,123 1,028 -8.4%
Larcenies 2,142 2,098 -2.0%
Vehicle Thefts 285 279 -2.1%
TOTAL CRIMES 4,209 4,063 -3.4%

*PCSO Contract Cities: Polk City, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Ft. Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry.
**2014 FDLE published state crime rate.

Polk County Sheriff's Office
1891 Jim Keene Boulevard
Winter Haven, FL 33880

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Non-emergencies: 863-298-6200

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