Crime Reduction Continues in the City of Sarasota & Reaches 20 Year Low

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 19, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

Crime in the City of Sarasota has reached a 20 year low following a crime reduction of 8.6% in 2014 of Part I Crimes. This is based on the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR). Part I Crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Each year, the Sarasota Police Department is required to submit local crime statistics to the FBI in the form of a UCR. After a thorough review of the UCR’s from the last 20 years, the City of Sarasota continues to experience a significant downward trend in serious crime.

"When I joined the Sarasota Police Department in 2013, my ultimate goal was earning trust and reducing crime in our community through partnership policing. These numbers are a reflection of our community working together. We can’t do it alone as police, we need the eyes and ears of residents and visitors. The reduction in crime in our City shows that we’re working hand in hand with our residents and partners to continue to make Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play," said Chief Bernadette DiPino.

"Congratulations to the Sarasota Police Department, Chief DiPino and the public on working together to significantly reduce crime. We’re building strong, sustainable relationships and trust between our residents and police officers. We look forward to continuing to strengthen these public safety partnerships 24/7/365," said City Manager Tom Barwin. The Sarasota Police Department had 72,683 calls for service in 2014 and 5,484 arrests. Since Chief DiPino was appointed Chief of the Sarasota Police Department in January 2013, Part I Crimes are down 13.2%.