PENSACOLA, Fla (WKRG) — The Florida Department Law Enforcement has released the crime stats in 2018 for the City of Pensacola.
These numbers are in comparing 2017 to 2018. Violent crimes are down in the city 11.8 percent. The property crime rate is down 4.2 percent, and the clearance rate of crimes reported to the Pensacola Police Department is up 11.8 percent.
A new statistic being reported by the FDLE is the amount of police officers who were assaulted during the year. In 2018, 41 Pensacola police officers were assaulted while doing their jobs.
When Chief Tommi Lyter became Chief of Police in May of 2017, reducing violent crimes was his top priority, and continues to be today. His focus is to address problem areas and respond immediately. Officers then stay in the affected area(s) no matter how long it may take, and the underlying causes have been addressed.
“Those who choose to commit violent acts on the citizens of Pensacola will be met with a heavy response from the Pensacola Police Department,” said Chief Lyter. Mayor Grover Robinson added “The citizens of Pensacola have experienced a declining overall crime rate for several years. I support the crime-reducing strategies Chief Lyter and his officers are using, and I greatly appreciate the very difficult work these men and women do, and the risks they take every day for all of us.”
A comprehensive listing of crime statistics will be released in the comingweeks.