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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-161

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 25, 2015
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    Violent Crime Rate In Hillsborough County Down Another Year

    The violent crime rate is the lowest since recording started in 1985.
    • Wednesday
    • December 31, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    The "violent crime" rate is the lowest violent crime rate in Hillsborough County since recording started in 1985!

    Sheriff David Gee is proud to announce that for the eighth straight year, HCSO deputies have reduced the overall crime and continue to improve the quality of life for the residential and business communities of Hillsborough County.

    Compared to 2013, the overall crime rate in 2014 was reduced by 4.1 percent!

    The "violent crime" rate is the lowest violent crime rate in Hillsborough County since recording started in 1985!

    With a population in unincorporated Hillsborough County of 872600 residents, the number of victims of crimes was also reduced from 18,854 in 2013 to 18,086 in 2014. That equals 20.7 victims of crime per 1000 residents down from 21.7 the year before.

    And consider this; there are 1.4 deputies per 1,000 residents in Hillsborough County. That is lower than the national average for law enforcement agencies of 2.3 officers per capita.

    While Hillsborough County's population continues to grow, the number of deputies on the street has not.

    That means the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are working harder and working smarter to reduce crime.

    You might ask, how did we do it?

    Sheriff David Gee says;

    "We did it with dedication, 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, we could not have done this without everyone's support.”
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