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Sheriff's office reports crime numbers are down for 2011

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 10:36 AM
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Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released new figures Friday for crime statistics in 2011.

According to the statement from sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles, the number of crimes reported has decreased in several categories.

Reports of aggravated assaults are down 35 percent from 2010, the lowest since 2007, and armed robberies are down almost 17 percent from 2010, the lowest they have been since prior to 2005, the statement said. Murders were down 28 percent from 2010, Peebles said.

In addition, reports of theft by taking have decreased 13 percent from 2010 numbers, Peebles said. Reports of domestic violence, however, have risen nearly 14 percent since 2010, the statement said.

“While there are many uncontrollable variables that affect crime rates, we now believe that it is evident that our aggressive initiatives, such as Operations Augusta Ink and Fox Hunt, along with the development of our Burglary Task Force have played a significant role in driving crime down in Richmond County”, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said in a news release.

“We also believe that efforts to promote greater community involvement with law enforcement have played a major role in our success,”   he said.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/13/12 - 01:17 pm
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The burglary task force is by

The burglary task force is by far one of the best recent achievements of the RCSO. Operations Augusta Ink and Fox Hunt also helped to remove a large number of criminals from our area and put them in prison where they belong. For all of the budget hits and lack of manpower the RCSO has, they have done a tremendous job.

Under the direction of the Sheriff and the leadership of Captain Peebles the fine RCSO deputies that have been assigned these duties are doing a great service to our community.

The improving community relations between the RCSO and the local citizens has become very visible. The tip line has helped to solve many crimes along with neighborhood watch members, etc.

Keep up the great work!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/14/12 - 08:09 am
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ASitis....yes they deserve

ASitis....yes they deserve our thanks...but honestly...are they really going down?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/12 - 08:23 am
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Augusta Ink, Fox Hunt and

Augusta Ink, Fox Hunt and Burglary Task Force. Heh, heh, heh.

Ronnie Strength is better suited checking whether cars are parked in reserve places around the law enforcement center like he usually does at lunch time. We need an overhaul of the RCSO administration to help the great officers doing one of the most difficult policing jobs in the nation. Really.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/12 - 08:27 am
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Ahhh, notice this, after our

Ahhh, notice this, after our years of saying we need community policing to "I'm not a social worker," Strength.

“We also believe that efforts to promote greater community involvement with law enforcement have played a major role in our success.”

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/16/12 - 06:10 pm
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Riverman1, the RCSO does do

Riverman1, the RCSO does do community policing but I agree as do many that it should be expanded upon. That being said when you have officers answering 50% more calls than the neighboring county per officer and you are greatly short staffed by national standards, etc. and your county commission has not only cut over 40 deputies and other positions not including the 1.5 million from the jail as well as furlough days that basically has taken another 17 deputies away from the Sheriff for the year how exactly do you propose they do community policing.

And, your repeated comment about the Sheriff not being a social worker as sarcastic as it is happens to be true...he isn't a social worker...we have agencies that spend millions doing this in the area already - the Sheriff is the lead law enforcement officer and his primary job is to protect and serve not perform social work.

And, as for the 2 major operations, they put a LOT of people behind bars for a good while...not jail....prison with multiple felony charges. The burglary task force has done a tremendous job for Richmond County...just ask Columbia County since their burglaries have gone up whereas Richmond Counties have gone down.

You cannot stop all crimes with additional police officers / presence but it is a great deterrent to crimes such as burglaries, robberies, etc. that are somewhat preventable. Murder, 99% of the time will not be stopped due to additional police presence since the person is targeted generally because of domestic issues or drugs.

Yes, these major accomplishments have been achieved by the RCSO and they do deserve credit for them. The Sheriff's Office (as do all government agencies) has areas in which it can improve. However, to have had their budgets slashed combined with lack of jail space and a major reduction in force they deserve an "A" at this time.

Riverman, you always give Clay credit, and I will admit he does a good job. But, he has a different population to work with, different demographics, different socio economic factors combined with more deputies per capita, are better salaries, budgets and technology all of which are major issues in law enforcement. Going by FBI statistics, Columbia County crime rose this year whereas Richmond County decreased. Richmond County has a long way to go but the Sheriff and the department deserve credit at this time.

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Riverman1 01/16/12 - 06:21 pm
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AsItIsInAug, I'll agree with

AsItIsInAug, I'll agree with one thing. Richmond County officers have one of the toughest policing jobs in the nation. I understand about the difference in demographics with Columbia County. My concern is that violent crime is rampant and new techniques have to be considered. Strength has slowly responded to our concerns about community policing and that's a start at least.

It's probably out of the scope of this discussion, but I have bigger problems with the administration of the RCSO, connections with the strip club crowd and operation of their specials. Again, none of these concerns are with the officers on the street.

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