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Press Release – GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (Sheriff Mike McCormick)
Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick announced today that in 2016 crime declined 6.2 percent in the unincorporated areas of Garland County.
Sheriff McCormick said that a comparison of 2015 and 2016 crime statistics from the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC.org) shows the decline. This is the second year in a row that the Garland County Sheriff Office has reported a decline in crime. In 2015, the GCSO had a 12.7 percent decline in crime.
“I can’t declare we have won the war on crime, but we have certain put a big dent in it Garland County,” Sheriff McCormick said. “An almost 20 percent decline in crime during the last two years is the result of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office.”
Sheriff McCormick said that the crime decreases over the last two years is facilitated by the opening of the county’s new Detention Center, which opened in 2015. The new Detention Center was funded through a voter approved sales tax which paid for construction and operation of the new facility.
“The rewards of having safer communities in Garland County was the direct result of the vision and commitment made by the leadership and the taxpayers of our county,” Sheriff McCormick said. “The new facility and the commitment of our law enforcement officers to fight crime has shown criminals that they cannot be a plague to our communities.”
ACIC is the independent state agency which tabulates crime statistics for allt Arkansas law enforcement agencies. The information submitted by the Garland County Sheriff’s Office does not include the city of Hot Springs crime.