Chief Bollinger Credits Community Support and Officers Innovative Approach
Despite having the lowest number of officers per capita (number of officers compared to number of residents), crime dropped 14% in 2009 in Titusville -far more than other comparable cities in Brevard County. Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for 2009, released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, show a 14% decrease in crimes occurring in Titusville.
Melbourne was down only 6%, Palm Bay had no change. Both Rockledge and Cocoa actually showed increases in crimes occurring for 2009.
“This is a direct reflection of the strong support we receive from our community” said Titusville Police Chief Tony Bollinger. Along with a noticeable increase in tips and cooperation from citizens in Titusville, Chief Bollinger credits several unique programs TPD has implemented in the past several years:
Crime Suppression Unit- A group of specially trained officers that specifically targets violent criminals. This has led to a dramatic increase in capturing repeat criminals, and it has led to a decrease in violent crime in Titusville.
- Juvenile Offender Program- This program targets juveniles sentenced to community control or house arrest. Frequent checks are made on targeted juveniles known to commit crimes and their conditions are strictly enforced.
Sexual Offender Checks- This program has Titusville Police conducting face to face checks every month on registered sex offenders twelve times more than the State of Florida mandates! This has led to an increase in sex offenders moving out of the Titusville and has led to early detection of absconders.
Probation Checks/Details- Titusville officers and detectives team up with State Probation Officers and conduct monthly checks of offenders on probation. This has been very successful in identifying and prosecuting probation violations.
“Game-Over” Task Force- County-wide effort between other law enforcement in the county including the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and FDLE to apprehend violent criminals without respect to city borders or jurisdiction.
“I am not surprised that the hard work and innovative approach by the men and women of this department has led to a safer Titusville”, Chief Bollinger stated. “I am extremely proud of their efforts” he added.
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