On Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the state’s crime rate is now at a 46-year low. According to his numbers, last year there were 18,146 fewer crimes than in 2015, a 2.8 percent decrease. The crime rate has dropped 4.4 percent since 2015.
This year, Scott included $4.9 billion in public safety in the, including a raise for the state’s sworn law enforcement officers and a pay plan for correctional officers that aims to make prisons safer.
The Governor does acknowledge the challenges the state faced last year, including the Pulse Nightclub tragedy which reached it’s one year mark on Monday.
“In 2016, Florida’s law enforcement was tested like never before.” says Scott “From the horrific terror attack at Pulse Nightclub to Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, Florida’s men and women in uniform have answered the call. Our state’s continuously decreasing crime rate is a reminder of the dedication and hard work Florida’s law enforcement officers show every day.”
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who is also the Florida Sheriff’s association President added these words.
“The continued reduction in crime, throughout the state of Florida, is a direct result of the efforts of law enforcement from the highest-ranking leadership to the patrol officers and deputies. The Florida Sheriffs will continue to make the safety and security of Floridians and visitors our top priority.”