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Release Number: 15-025
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- January 15, 2015
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2014 Homicides Lowest Since 2001
Compared to 2013, the number of homicides decreased 33.3%.
- January 15, 2015
- Time: 11:18 AM
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office 2014 Homicides Lowest Since 2001:
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee is pleased once again to announce that the number of homicides in Unincorporated Hillsborough County has been reduced and is the lowest since 2001; the 2nd lowest in 29 years (1987). Compared to 2013, the number of homicides decreased 33.3% from 33 to 22. According to the FBI, the 2013 national Uniform Crime Report (UCR) homicide rate was 4.5 murders per 100,000 individuals with a clearance rate of 64%. In 2014, The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Homicide Section reported a UCR homicide rate of 2.5 murders per 100,000 with a clearance rate of 86%.
Although the population in Unincorporated Hillsborough County continues to grow, the number of deputies on the street does not. The 2014 population of unincorporated Hillsborough County was estimated to be 872,600 people, a 1.4% increase from the 2013 estimate. This means the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are working harder with less resources. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office employs 1,213 sworn law enforcement officers, a rate of 1.4 officers per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 2.3 officers. Deputies are relying more on community partners to be the eyes and ears of suspicious activity and persons, which has greatly assisted with a reduction in crime.
Sheriff Gee thanks everyone who helps to make Hillsborough County safer.