Jacksonville murder rate dropped 23% in 2021 from 2020

New 2021 data released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shows a significant reduction in violent crimes like murder compared to 2020.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – New figures just released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office show a 23% drop in the city’s murder rate last year compared to 2020, and the solve rate for homicides has risen to 78% in 2021 compared to 43% the previous year.

“That’s what we wanted to see,” Sheriff Mike Williams said. “It’s not a victory lap, but in 2021 we had success. And so, we think it’s a good trend, and we want to continue on this path.

With less than a year and a half left in his term, Sheriff Williams says tackling violent crime in Jacksonville remains his top priority. According to data from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 2021, there was a 26% drop in homicides compared to 2020, there were 108 murders, compared to 140 in 2020 and incidents related to shootings fell by 20.5%.

The sheriff says his department is focused on a small number of people in the community who are behind much of the violence.

“Less than half of 1% of our population, responsible for about 60-70% of the violence. Think about it. It’s a significant impact for such a small group of people,” Sheriff Williams said. “So that’s where we and the community, and the state’s attorney’s office and all of our federal partners and state partners, the mayor’s office, again, with Cure Violence, we’re all working together. , let’s start having an impact.”

According to Sheriff Williams, the biggest public safety threat facing Jacksonville today is drug trafficking.

“I think like most large communities, so we’re not alone in this, in my opinion the biggest threat to public safety is narcotics and the narcotics trade. And the reason I say that is because that’s where gang violence is linked. This is where gun violence is linked,” Sheriff Williams said. “It’s an issue we’ve been focusing on for a long time.”

It’s something he says his department will continue to work on while building relationships with the community.

“It’s still a work in progress, but it’s good, in my opinion. These crime figures are proof of that. So I tell people a lot that these phones here are ringing every day, with people from the community, you know, giving us information, sharing information with us. Our Sheriff’s Watch meetings are well attended, so we have a high level of active partnership with the community.

As for what he plans to do when his term as sheriff ends in 2023, he says he doesn’t know yet but he won’t run for office.

“Right now my focus is clearly on the day-to-day work here and I really see this positive trend continuing into 2022.”

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