City’s Rate Lower than Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando
Five years ago, Miami Gardens’ crime was out of control. As a result, the City Council approved switching from the Miami-Dade County Police to its own department. The new department began service on December 16, 2007. In the succeeding four years, the City’s overall Part I (serious) crime rate has fallen by 33%. The reductions have been across the board, with the exception of homicide which ahs remained steady. Using Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] statistics for 2007 (the last year of County police) and 2011 (the end of the fourth year of City police), the table below shows the reductions by category:
In conjunction with the above information, the City also used FDLE data to compare the three-year average of crime rates for various other local cities. The findings confirmed that Miami Gardens now has a lower overall crime rate than Miami, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, North Miami, and even St. Petersburg and Orlando.
While homicides and gang activity continue to be at the forefront of issues both locally and nationally, the City is currently developing preventive and proactive strategies to combat violent crime, particularly as related to youthful offenders.
The take over of police services by the City of Miami Gardens has been a significant and meaningful step in creating a City where residents can be safe and receive effective and efficient service. The number of officers has notably increased and service levels have been improved while at the same time, we have created an increased level of accountability to our residents.