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Pensacola crime down, officials report

Crime within the Pensacola city limits is down about 6.3 percent over the same period last year, according to semiannual crime statistics released by city officials Monday.


The figures show 1,282 total crimes over the first six months of 2016 compared to 1,368 over the same period in 2015. Despite the overall decrease, the statistics show a small uptick in violent crime, with 185 incidents in the first half of 2015 and 186 over the same span this year.

“I am pleased with these results,” said Chief of Police David Alexander III. “I believe that transparency, communication and respect make these results possible. Working together promotes understanding and understanding builds trust. This is an example of what 21st Century community policing looks like: Citizens working with law enforcement agencies to make their community a safe place to live.”

The figures have been submitted to and approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, officials said.

“When you contrast these statistics to what we used to know in this city, it’s an extraordinary testament to the consistency of the progress that the Pensacola Police Department has made,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “I am extremely proud of the comprehensive efforts between the PPD and our community partners to continue to drive crime downward.”

The semiannual figures show an overall reduction in crime of about 29% over the past five years.