Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis explains perceived discrepancy with crime data that was released late last month.
In a media release dated July 10, 2019, Sheriff Al Nienhuis explains that under the recommendation of the FDLE, the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data listed in the 2018 official record for countywide crime did not include crimes committed in the City of Brooksville.
The Sheriff explains that the former Brooksville Police Department provided law enforcement services from January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018. Any data collected during that time period was done by the police department and not Hernando County Sheriff’s Office; therefore, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommended against sending partial data.
By removing the City of Brooksville from the 2017 data and comparing that to the 2018 data for “unincorporated” Hernando County, calculation shows a decrease in the crime rate of 4.1%.
The full-year City of Brooksville data will be provided to the FDLE at the conclusion of 2019.
“I thought it best to address each of you myself as my commitment to transparency remains one of my foremost concerns as your Sheriff of Hernando County.” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis