Crime in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office primary law enforcement response area1 is down 8.48% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. Part of that reduction is due to violent crimes decreasing 17.1%.
According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 455 fewer crimes overall in the first six months of 2012 than in the first six months of 2011 in the Sheriff’s Office primary jurisdiction. There were 4,912 crimes in the first half of 2012, as compared to 5,367 crimes in the first half of 2011. Compared to two years ago (2010), crime in the first six months of 2012 is down 12%.
“It is clear that our partnerships with the community and our innovative crime fighting and crime prevention tactics work, because crime in our jurisdiction – unincorporated Polk County -- continues to decline,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
According to the UCR comparison, the number of non-violent crimes went down 337 crimes from 4,677 crimes to 4,340 crimes, a reduction of 7.2%. Violent crimes went down 118 crimes from 690 crimes to 572 crimes— a reduction of 17.1%.
Violent crimes include: homicide, forced sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and battery. Non-violent crimes include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle thefts.
“The state of Florida is also seeing record reductions in crime as a direct result of laws that hold criminals accountable and proactive police work. Before truth-in-sentencing legislation was passed years ago requiring mandatory minimum sentencing — forcing inmates to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences — crime rates in our Florida communities were at an all-time high. By keeping criminals in jail, we are keeping crime down. We must all work together to keep our communities safe — this includes Florida's legislators.” —Sheriff Grady Judd
 The Polk County Sheriff’s Office primary service area includes: unincorporated Polk County, Hillcrest Heights, Highland Park, Polk City, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Ft. Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry.