Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced today that there was a 7.62% overall decrease in Part One Crimes for the Sheriff’s entire service area in 2011, compared to 2010.
The Sheriff says the 7.6% decrease is significant on several levels, “This is the third year in a row we have achieved a decrease in Part One Crimes, in spite of the many budget cuts we had to make across the agency. The three year decrease is 11.98% over all.” In addition, according to the report, Arrests for Part One Crimes are up 28.37% in 2011 compared to 2010.
Sheriff Gualtieri also announced a 100% case clearance rate for homicides investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2011. There was a 100% homicide case clearance rate in 2010 as well.
In the FDLE Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system, Part One Crimes are Murder, Forcible Sex, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft.
The Sheriff’s jurisdiction includes the unincorporated area and 12 cities that have contracted with the Sheriff for primary law enforcement services. The cities are Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor, Seminole, and South Pasadena.
The Sheriff also attributed the decrease to a successful restructuring of the agency which focused on the efficient delivery of public safety services even with a decrease in staff. “We have become a leaner operation, and by aggressively targeting hot spots and using proactive law enforcement strategies, we have managed to make a difference.”
“I can’t say enough about our members who implemented this approach – their performance is commendable during these changing and challenging times,” he said.