Report Shows Crime Down in Bay County


Bay Co Sheriff Ford2Provided by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement recently released the 2021 Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The UCR report is a system that provides standardized reports on crime statistics based on data gathered from across the state. These compiled records provide summary and detailed information and are issued yearly for each county in Florida. To view the most recently released documents, visit the FDLE website under “Criminal Justice Analytics Bureau” and then “Uniform Crime Reports.”

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program provides reliable statistics for use in law enforcement. The information is used by students of criminal justice, researchers, the media, and the public. The program has been providing crime statistics since 1930.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford released a statement today about the 2021 FDLE Uniform Crime Report. “Overall, crime went down in Bay County by 17.4%. In our jurisdiction (unincorporated Bay County) crime went down by 22.6%. Our clearance rate, which is the percentage of cases we close, was an impressive 64.9%. The average clearance rate for law enforcement offices in the state is 24.6%. I am so proud of the work the BCSO does for the people of Bay County!”