Crime Rate Down In Palm Bay For 2015, Decreased By 9.1 Percent
By Space Coast Daily // January 27, 2016
overall rate down 23 percent since 2011
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – In 2015 the City of Palm Bay’s overall crime rate decreased by 9.1 percent compared to 2014.
This is according to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) published through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Program. In addition to the decrease for 2015, Palm Bay has seen its overall crime rate drop over 23 percent since 2011.
The Palm Bay Police Department is one of the first organizations to submit their report for 2015 and final reports for other cities should be available later this spring.
The Uniform Crime Reporting Program produces crime data that law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large use to assess crime across the nation.
“Although there are many contributing factors to the decrease in crime, I know that in part, this is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of both our sworn and civilian staff,” said Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens.
“Regardless of the challenges we face, our employees remain focused on our mission and continue to perform at a high level.”
The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics.
Four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System,Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program.
The crime statistics are submitted either through a state UCR Program or directly to the FBI’s UCR Program.
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