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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crime rate in Florida at 40-year low

Crime rate in Florida at 40-year low

The crime rate in Florida fell to a 40-year low in 2010, the latest statewide crime statistics indicate.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said this week the state's crime rate decreased 6.6 percent with declines in all violent crime categories as well as burglary and auto theft.

Orange, Hillsborough and Palm Beach Counties experienced overall crime declines of more than 10 percent.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings credited community policing and a crackdown on drug dealers for the decrease.
"We have accomplished this by focusing our efforts on community policing initiatives that reduce the prevalence of street drugs by arresting repeat offenders and by taking over 1,000 firearms off the streets," Demings said.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday criminology experts agreed stepped-up enforcement by Demings' department and the Orlando police had taken both drugs and firearms off the streets.

The newspaper noted Demings' wife Val is the police chief in Orlando.

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