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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Crime is Down in the City of Fort Myers

Crime Down

Crime statistics just compiled by the City of Fort Myers Police Department for the 2017 report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) showed a substantial overall decrease of 4.9%. Violent crime categories such as murder and aggravated assaults reported a double digit drop of 33.3% and 29.9% respectively with a 100% decrease in manslaughter cases.

There was a significant drop in the use of firearms during aggravated assaults which were down by 49.5%. “Overall we are seeing an encouraging downward trend in crimes against our citizens,” said Chief Derrick W. Diggs. “This is a promising start to a new year but it is only a beginning. The FMPD will continue to fight and solve crimes to the best of our ability with a focus on community engagement, improved technology and a stronger, dedicated force that is committed to serving and protecting our community,” he added. Chief Derrick Diggs recently completed his first 15 months of service as the Chief of Police for the City of Fort Myers after joining the force on August 15, 2016.

The 2017 department statistics are based on data submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by the FMPD Records Division for the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Program on January 30, 2018.

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