Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri today announced that there was an 11.44% decrease in Part 1 Crimes for the Sheriff’s entire service area in 2012 as compared to 2011. Furthermore, the numbers represent the fourth year in a row that Part 1 crimes have declined. The overall four year decline is 22.1%
The UCR stats for 2012 were announced on May 17, 2013.
The stats are representative of the Sheriff’s entire service area which includes the unincorporated area and the 12 contract cities.
The Sheriff says the 11.44% reduction in Part 1 Crimes in 2012 as compared to 2011 represents the fourth consecutive year in which the Sheriff’s Office has achieved a decrease in Part 1 Crimes. The overall decline from 2009 to 2012 is 22.1%. “We are very pleased with the continued reduction in crime”, said the Sheriff, “and that we have been able to achieve this in spite of the significant budget reductions we have had to make over the last several years.”
Sheriff Gualtieri also announced a high case clearance rate for homicides investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. 18 of 19 homicide cases were solved during this year.
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, Belleair Shore, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor, Seminole, and South Pasadena. (St. Pete Beach became a contract city in January 2013.)
The Sheriff attributed the declining crime rates to the efficient work of Sheriff’s Office members; and stated the Sheriff’s Office would continue to strive to reduce crime even further through the use of proactive law enforcement strategies and by aggressively targeting hotspots.