Sheriff Grady Judd is pleased to report that crime in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office primary law enforcement response area[i] is down 3.95% in the first six months of 2010 compared to the first six months of 2009. Violent crimes in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction are down 17.21% for the same time period.
According to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, as reported semi-annually and annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there were 230 fewer crimes overall in the first six months of 2010 than in the first six months of 2009 in the Sheriff’s Office primary jurisdiction. There were 5,599 crimes in the first half of 2010 as compared to 5,829 crimes in the first half of 2009. There were 137 fewer violent crimes in the same time period.
“I am very pleased that crime in Polk County in the first six months of 2010 is almost 4% lower than in the same period in 2009. This is in addition to an overall crime rate reduction in Polk County from 2008 to 2009. Through proactive crime fighting and crime prevention efforts, and through the diligent and dedicated work of our members in partnership with the community, the overall crime rate in our Polk County jurisdictions is near historically low levels,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Polk County continues to be a safe place to live, work, raise a family, and visit on vacation.”
According to the UCR comparison, violent crimes were down overall 17.21%, and non-violent crimes were down 1.85%. Violent crimes include: homicide, forced sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and battery. Non-violent crimes include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle thefts.
The most recently reported crime rate in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction is 3.18 in 2009 compared to 3.37 in 2008, a reduction of 5.64% from 2008 to 2009. The crime rate is calculated by dividing the jurisdictional population into the total crime volume (per 100 population). Crime rates are calculated using annual data; therefore crime rates are not calculated in FDLE Semi-Annual Reports. The Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction crime rate continues to be well below the state-wide average crime rate of 4.40. The Polk/PCSO crime rate is nearly one quarter less (23.4%) than the state crime rate.
[i] 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. 2009 data does not include Mulberry.