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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/28/2017 

  


According to Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 161 fewer crimes in 2016 than in 2015 in the Polk County Sheriff's Office primary jurisdiction.   

The jurisdiction includes all of unincorporated Polk County; cities contracted with the PCSO including Polk City, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry; and the town of Hillcrest Heights and the village of Highland Park. 

There were 8,041 crimes in 2015 as compared to 7,880 crimes in 2016, a total reduction in reported crimes of 2.0%.   

This decline continues a trend of eight consecutive years of lower crime and crime rates in PCSO's jurisdiction.  

Solving homicides, preventing crime, and keeping Polk County's citizens safe, are our top three priorities. We are committed, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to being proactive and keeping Polk County a great place to live, work, play, and visit. 

There were decreases in the following crime categories: homicides, robberies. aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts.  

Overall crime was down 2.0% and the crime rate (crimes per 100 persons) is down 4.1%. 

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

 

Category

2015

2015

Homicides

16

14

Forced Sex Offenses

85

139

Robberies

136

135

Aggravated Assaults

1,103

1,086

Burglaries

1,962

1,748

Larcenies

4,251

4,124

Motor Vehicle Thefts

578

634

TOTAL CRIMES

8,041

7,880

 

Polk crime rate is at historic low. 

Polk County's crime rate in the unincorporated areas and contract cities (for which the Polk County Sheriff's Office is responsible) also dropped from 2015 to 2016, 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 4.1% from 2015 (1.95) to 2016 (1.87). This is the lowest crime rate ever measured in the Polk County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction, breaking the previous record low of 1.95 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 72%. In 2016, the Polk/PCSO crime rate was 44% less than the Florida state crime rate (1.87 compared to 3.34).* 

"Our proactive policing strategies cannot be successful without the valuable partnerships and relationships we have with our citizens and local businesses. Thank you for your support and commitment to helping us make Polk County such a safe place to work, live, and play." - Grady Judd, Sheriff 

*most recent number published by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report.