Sheriff Hingle announces historic crime decreaseMar 9th, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
2010 Crime Statistics at Lowest Level since 2002
Sheriff Jiff Hingle announced that overall crime in Plaquemines Parish reached an all time low in 2010, falling 16%.
The 2010 numbers represent the lowest overall crime rate since 2002.
Despite the fact that over 5000 temporary workers descended upon Plaquemines Parish in 2010 during the BP Oil Disaster and subsequent cleanup efforts, and well over another 1000 workers were involved in the West Closure Pumping Station Complex in Belle Chasse and the Conoco-Phillips shutdown, violent crime was virtually non-existent. There were no murders or rapes reported in 2010. Armed Robbery was also down 66% during 2010, compared to the previous year. (3 in 2009 – 1 in 2010)
“When we see double-digit decreases, we are thrilled,” said Sheriff Hingle. “However, we don’t want to become complacent with our success. We want further reductions. Our deputies are very committed and I am extremely proud of them and their continued dedication and performance.”
Sheriff Hingle also praised the citizens of Plaquemines Parish for their continued support of the Sheriff’s Office and their ongoing participation in the Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Programs. “Our Citizens Police Academy has graduated over 300 of our residents and another 120 plus citizens are active members within our CERT Program.” (Community Emergency Response Team)
Additionally, in 2010, the Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips from CRIMESTOPPERS which led to the identification and arrest of individuals responsible for various crimes in Plaquemines Parish.
“Make no mistake about it, while we are very happy with this significant decrease, we must continue all of our efforts to insure the safety of our residents and our visitors and keep Plaquemines safe,” said Sheriff Hingle.