February 10, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Crime is dropping in the City of West Palm Beach.
According to new statistics from the police department, violent crimes have dropped 5.45% over the past year.
New statistics also show a drop of 9.3% in property crimes.
The new figures were released today by West Palm Beach Police Chief Vincent Demasi during a strategic planning session with Mayor Jeri Muoio and members of the City Commission.
“It is reflective of the work the police department is doing in concert with the whole city staff,” Demasi told city leadership. “If we don’t have street lights. If we don’t have garbage picked up. If we don’t have all the great things we do here in West Palm Beach, no matter how many police officers you put out there, it’s not going to work and it’s not going to lead to reductions in crime.”
Chief Demasi also reviewed information on his department’s focus on diversion programs. Demasi said diversion is a critical part of a crime reduction strategy, and necessary in order for the system to continue to operate efficiently.
“What we focus on is trying to divert people out of the system from the start, and some of those partnerships have been extremely effective,” said Demasi.