The report shows Group A offenses, which includes crimes against persons, property and society, were down 4.5 percent in the state. Crime in Bradley County, reflecting the hard work of the patrol and criminal investigations divisions, shows an overall reduction of 10 percent from the previous year - better than double the state average. Over the past two years crime is down 16 percent.
At the same time, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has achieved one of the highest clearance rates among city and county law enforcement offices in the state of over 56 percent.
Other significant numbers in the report show assaults are down two percent, vandalism down 25 percent, vehicle thefts down 18 percent and burglaries down three percent. Crimes related to domestic violence were down seven percent.
Sheriff Tim Gobble said, “These numbers confirm we are one of the best local law enforcement agencies in the nation. All employees along with our leadership team are to be commended for their professionalism and progress over the last four years.
“Never in history has the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office been in such good shape and as productive. Together we have made government work for Bradley County residents, saving lives and property. Overall, our deputies are better trained, equipped and compensated than ever before and it was all accomplished through better resource management and no tax increases.
“While there is still work to be done, I thank citizens, Mayor Davis, county commissioners and all employees for their efforts. The reduction in crime we have seen over the last two years shows focusing resources on communities and being vigilant against crime has worked. Together, we have made a significant difference.”