|"WAKULLA" IS ONE OF THE SAFEST COUNTIES IN FLORIDA|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received its certified Uniform Crime Report statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the first six months of 2008. The new Uniform Crime Report statistics from FDLE show that Wakulla is one of the safest counties in Florida.
As Sheriff, I feel this is really an incredible measure of success since our population is going up, yet our crime rate is coming down. We are growing three times faster than Leon County and six times faster than Franklin County. Our calls for service have doubled in the past five years. The Uniform Crime Report statistics are a barometer on how the overall department is handling crime.
Comparing the first half of 2007 to the first half of 2008, violent crimes dropped from 56 in 2007 to 42 in 2008. Non-violent offenses are down from 350 to 315 and the total numbers of offenses are down from 406 to 357. Violent crimes consist of murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Non-violent crimes consist of burglaries, theft, grand theft auto, stalking and harassment.
Our Deputy Sheriffs and Detectives have been aggressive toward drug crimes and have made 168 arrests/warrants of drug dealers since October 2007. The result has been a reduction in the number of crimes in Wakulla County. Law enforcement officials historically have linked the presence of drugs in the community to an increase in other types of crimes, such as burglaries, thefts and robberies.Other factors involved in our reduction in crime is we are getting good, law abiding people moving to the county. They are young professional men and women with kids in the school system I am proud that we have good, young officers who are committed to the job, many with college or military backgrounds. They are working diligently to Keep Wakulla County Safe!