Sheriff Rick Staly held a public meeting on “Addressing Crime Together” at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast on Thursday afternoon to discuss crime trends, past and future initiatives, highlighting a 22 percent drop in crime in the sheriff’s jurisdiction, which includes Palm Coast and unincorporated Flagler.
The crime rate is at its lowest in 14 years, the sheriff’s office reports in a release issued after the meeting. Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault are down 16.3 percent, Property Crime (Burglary, Larceny, and Motor Vehicle Theft) is down 24.7 percent. Arrests are up 15 percent. Clearances of reported crime is up more than 32 percent from 2017. “We have a terrific, motivated team serving the community and I attribute the reduction in crime and the increase in arrests to their proactive police work, engaging and partnering with the community, and the new initiatives that we have implemented since I became Sheriff,” Staly said.
The Sheriff highlighted the “See Something, Say Something” campaign and said many crimes can be prevented by taking basic security measures such as locking your doors, removing valuables from plain view, installing motion sensor lighting outside your home, and adding a video security system: most local property crimes are crimes of opportunity, permitted by doors left unlocked.
The sheriff also spoke of his Stride initiative at the county jail, the inmate work crew, which was put to work, among other places, cleaning up the homeless grounds behind the Flagler County Public Library, the recent addition of license place readers (and soon other video surveillance technology) as means of tracking down stolen cars or other wanted individuals: the technology, the sheriff said, helped recover 14 stolen vehicles, recover a missing and endangered elderly adult, and arrest 21 alleged offenders. Staly said the weekly sheriff’s video series called “Fugitive Friday Bingo” has netted a 55 percent apprehension rate with fugitives featured on the series.
The sheriff gave an update on the Domestic Violence Task Force the Sheriff began in 2017 and spoke of the Citizens on Patrol (COP), who provided a total of 38,790 hours of service to Flagler County. These services include Traffic Crash Investigation, Parade and Special Event Security, Traffic Control, vacation house watches, Court House Security and Funeral Escorts. The total value for all volunteer services for 2018 was $870,692.85.
The Sheriff’s Office has launched a full-time Marine/Beach Unit to ensure greater safety on our beaches and waterways. A COP Marine Unit will launch in June staffed fully by volunteers. In 2019, FCSO became a four-diamond accredited law enforcement agency with accreditations now in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Communications, and the National Institute of Ethics. A full video of the presentation is available here.
Stop with the blow hard bull shit and show us. There is crime all over this county and much of it goes ignored!! Instead of spending time standing on the soap box and playing cowboy…get to work! It is unacceptable when a call is made for an officer that one has to wait nearly an hour for them to arrive when you have so many on the force. You have so many kid deputies that they don’t know here for sick-em. We need new leadership in this county!!!
Concerned Citizen says
With you all the way on this. Marshall Earp is much to busy playing rather than leading. And I hope this will reflect on the next election. We need a real Sheriff who will bring back ethics and moral to the Office. Not a media hungry politician.
Follow the Paper says
If Flagler County had more jobs I bet the crime rate would decrease, instead the focus is still on retirees.
Agree 100% with Nancy!
Palm coast was originally planned as a retirement community, just sayin
Well said Nancy!
We should look at working with our local churches to raise money to bail out all non violent offending inmates. Stop filling jails with non violent offenders.
Sean peckham says
I think the sheriff needs to look a little closer to home start with your county employees we are talking the bocc it self not the sheriffs office. The blue collar work force. There are some who have slipped right through the cracks! People who have been employed for yrs before the accreditation. These people have felony convictions but still get a paycheck on the taxpayers! Just saying!
Plenty of crime here…see for yourself. Some crime is actually up. Percentages are a play on numbers that also take rare crimes into account. Look at the number of crimes that really affect our community.
Don’t play with percentages Sheriff. If we’re “Fighting Crime Together” then let the public know what’s actually happening in our community.