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 fourth straight year, crime is down in our county.
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.
The hard work is paying off. In 2012, the total number of crimes, when compared to 2011, was reduced by 7.1 percent.
And consider this: there are 1.6 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 thank everyone who helps us make it safer in Hillsborough County.
**2011 UCR data is preliminary data only from HCSO. This data has not been validated by HCSO or FDLE, and should not be relied upon as official agency crime statistics as the data is subject to change prior to submission to the FDLE.