Tampa Crime Rate Declines Again

Chief Jane Castor
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said crimes were down because of more officers on the street.
TAMPA (2010-2-9) -

Despite the recession, fewer crimes were committed in Tampa last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Tampa Police Department.

The overall crime rate is down about 16 percent, and is part of a big decline in crime rates that started about five years ago.

During a press conference, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor credited aggressive police work and cooperation with the community.

“We had an over-arching sense of urgency. There is no such thing as a minor crime in the City of Tampa. The officers went after every crime with a sense of urgency,” she said.

The department's goal this year is a 5 percent decrease in crime.

For a link to the 2008 report, click here.

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