Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, crime in unincorporated Polk County, over which the Polk County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction, has decreased. From 2000 to 2001, crime went down 6.7%, and from 2002 to 2001, it continued on its decline, going down 8%.
From 2001 to 2002, crime in every measured category had decreases, some of them double-digit, except for homicides, which went from 12 to 20. Sheriff Crow attributes this widespread success to the proactive policing model he brought to the agency years ago, and to the valuable partnerships formed with other agencies and communities in Polk County.
Just as importantly, over the past 6 years, since the implementation of PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) in 1997, crime is down 37%. The total number of index crimes for unincorporated Polk in 2002 is 12,015, compared to 19,169 in 1997, although the population in the unincorporated areas increased by 30,000 people during that time frame.
It is also interesting to note that despite the rapidly growing population, the crime rate (crimes per 1,000 residents) in unincorporated Polk is currently 3.78%, based on an estimated 2002 population of 318,006. The crime rate in unincorporated Polk has not been that low since 1972, when it was 3.35%.
Unincorporated Polk statistics are as
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