PPD: Pensacola crime rate continues to drop

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The crime rate within the city of Pensacola continues to decline, according to the Pensacola

Police Department’s statistical analysis of the first six months of 2014.

“Initial figures show a three percent reduction in violent crime, an 18 percent reduction in nonviolent crime and a 16 percent reduction overall compared with the first six months of 2013,” said Chief Chip W. Simmons.

“This gives us the lowest six-month numbers in over 14 years. Also, Simmons said, it’s important to note that the first six months of 2013 showed a 14 percent
overall reduction in crime from 2012.

“For more than 18 months, we have made continual and sustained progress in reducing
crime,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “Public safety is a critical part of everything we do, from neighborhoods to economic development, and I work closely with Chief Simmons every day to make our city a safe place to live, work and play.” Simmons said the statewide crime rate also is trending downward.

“I don’t want to discount the fact our officers are busting their butts on a daily basis,”
Simmons said. “There’s no real secret: We’ve just been able to arrest a lot of people responsible for crime as reflected in our 45 percent clearance rate.

“This is a reflection of the officers who are out there being proactive, doing their jobs and being brave.”

The statewide overall crime rate dropped 4.7 percent in 2013, while the Pensacola Police

Department’s was down 14 percent for the whole year. It’s also significant to note that there has not been a homicide within city limits in 2014.

Pensacola Police officers will continue to coordinate with neighborhood associations and work on response times to continue their efforts at reducing overall crime rates even further in the future, Simmons said.

The Pensacola Police Department has submitted its figures to the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement, which will review the results. Simmons said the six-month FDLE results will be available in the near future.

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