JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Good news if you live in St. Johns County. We're hearing from FDLE and the Sheriff's Office that crime overall is down eight percent over the last six months.
"It's very difficult sometimes to take credit for it because many times crime rates are cyclical and not within our control," says Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
Mulligan says their new redistricting plan and Intelligence Led Policing, which helps more accurately identify crime patterns and high-crime areas, has helped.
"It puts the responsibility of the crime trends on each commander within their areas...we feel we've become much more effective in fighting crime, in capturing trends, as well as targeting areas where crime is going to occur and capturing the suspects."
Mulligan says property and especially traffic crimes have gone up a bit, which he attributes in part to the county's population continuing to grow.