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Police: Crime Rate Is Down

In 2011, Tampa’s crime rate dropped by 7.4 percent, according to Tampa Police Department.

Crime in Tampa has dropped under Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor’s leadership, said Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy in a press release.

In 2011, the city’s crime rate fell by 7.4 percent, and has decreased by 64.3 percent since 2003.

According to the release, Tampa Police Department accomplished this success through its Focus on Four Policing Plan, which "concentrates on proactive policing driven by real-time crime analysis and partnerships with the community."

As a result, almost 22,759 fewer crimes occurred in Tampa over the past 9 years, the release said.

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