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Polk crime down 8.48% since same time last year
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Polk crime down 8.48% since same time last year

Polk County, Florida-- Crime in the Sheriff's Office primary jurisdiction for the first six months of 2012 is down 8.48% since the same time last year, Sheriff's officials announced today. 

The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) stats show a total of 455 fewer crimes overall in the first six months of 2012 than in the first six months of 2011.

"There were 4,912 crimes in the first half of 2012, and 5,367 crimes in the first half of 2011," said officials in the release about the decrease in crime. "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.

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  • Non-violent crimes dropped from 4,677 crimes to 4,340-- a difference of 337 crimes, or 7.2 percent.
  • Violent crimes dropped from 690 crimes to 572-- a difference of 118 crimes, or 17.1 percent. 

“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," said Sheriff Judd.

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