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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, ScottNo presence information

Director of Office of Communications 
News Date: 2/13/2012 

 2011 crime rate is down 9.1% in Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. 


Polk crime rate is at historic low.

 

Polk County's crime rate in the unincorporated areas and contract cities[i] (for which the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is responsible) dropped from 2010 to 2011, 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 9.1% from 2010 (2.97) to 2011 (2.70). This is the lowest crime rate ever measured in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, breaking the all-time record low of 2.97 crimes per 100 from last year.  Reliable crime statistics in Polk County started in 1971, when the crime rate was recorded at 4.16 crimes per 100.  Since 1997, the crime rate in Polk County has fallen by 59.5%

The Polk/PCSO crime rate is more than one third less (34.1%) than the most recently published Florida state crime rate (2.70 compared to 4.10 )[ii].  The Polk/PCSO violent crime rate is 40.7% lower than the state violent crime rate (.32 compared to .54).

According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 617 fewer crimes in 2011 than in 2010 in the Sheriff’s Office primary jurisdiction.  There were 11,378 crimes in 2010 as compared to 10,761 crimes in 2011.

Violent crime is down 1.53% in Polk’s unincorporated area and Sheriff’s Office contract cities.  There were a total of 1,308 violent crimes in 2010 and 1,288 in 2011, a reduction of 20 crimes.

 

Crime in the Polk County unincorporated area and Sheriff’s Office contract cities:

 

 

 
 

There are reasons why crime is low. 

“There are two critically important reasons why crime remains low.  The first reason is that we Floridians got serious about holding criminals accountable for their crimes in the 1990s.  Since 1995, convicted criminals go to prison for a minimum of 85% of their sentence.  Other state laws got tougher on violent crime and created minimum mandatory sentencing for some crimes.  When people who break the law are punished—fairly, swiftly, and without apologies—our communities become safer.  The second reason for lower crime rates is effective policing strategies.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office implemented its Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) program in 1997.  Since then, the crime rate has fallen by 59.5%!  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 intelligence 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.”  —Sheriff Grady Judd

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Crime Rate Chart since 1997:

  

There are reasons why crime is low. 

“There are two critically important reasons why crime remains low.  The first reason is that we Floridians got serious about holding criminals accountable for their crimes in the 1990s.  Since 1995, convicted criminals go to prison for a minimum of 85% of their sentence.  Other state laws got tougher on violent crime and created minimum mandatory sentencing for some crimes.  When people who break the law are punished—fairly, swiftly, and without apologies—our communities become safer.  The second reason for lower crime rates is effective policing strategies.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office implemented its Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) program in 1997.  Since then, the crime rate has fallen by 59.5%!  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 intelligence 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.”  —Sheriff Grady Judd 


 

[i] PCSO Contract Cities: Polk City, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Ft. Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry.

[ii] 2010 FDLE published state crime rate (the 2011 rate has not yet been published).