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Deputies making Hillsborough County safer with 15.5 percent drop in crime.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is proud to let you know that our deputies are making a difference in the quality of life in our county. For the fifth straight year, deputies have reduced overall crime in Hillsborough County. Compared to 2010, the overall crime in 2011 was reduced by 15.5 percent.
With a population in unincorporated Hillsborough County of 834,224 residents, the number of victims of violent crimes was also reduced from 3136 in 2010 to 2130 in the year 2011. That equals 2.5 victims of violent crime per 1000 residents down from 3.9 the year before. This violent crime rate is the lowest violent crime rate since recording started in 1985.
And consider this: there are 1.5 deputies per 1,000 residents in Hillsborough County. That is lower than the national average for law enforcement agencies of 2.5 officers per capita. While Hillsborough County’s population grows, the number of deputies on the street has not. That means the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office are working harder and working smarter to reduce crime.
We did it with dedication and commitment and the efforts of our community partners such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Crime Stoppers and Citizen Patrol. Your eyes and ears let us know about suspicious activity and persons. You reacted, and we acted.
But we also redefined how we battle crime, from being less reactive to being more proactive. In 2009, we instituted Intelligence-Led Policing, a policing model focusing on the small percentage of those who commit crimes and developing tactical methods to monitor, catch and jail them. It is working. Our strategic Law enforcement Intelligence Nexus Center, or LINC, is the hub. Our detectives and crime analysts sift through criminal intelligence, and then relay information to supervisors who craft decisions based on the best use of resources and devise plans of action to keep our communities safe.
We thank everyone who helps us make it safer in Hillsborough County.