Data submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 2021, shows crime is down in the City of Cocoa. The annual Uniform Crime Report shows an 11.1% drop in the overall crime rate for the city in 2021, with 9.6% fewer crimes reported. A closer analysis shows violent crime dropped by 17.3% and property crime went down by 8.1% compared to 2020. Domestic violence related crimes also declined by 15.7% compared to 2020. The clearance rate for these reported crimes, was 30.2%, which is above the national average.
“We are pleased with the decline in property crime and violent crime in our city,” said Chief of Police Evander Collier IV. “Crime was up significantly when I took over as Police Chief on April 29, 2021. I knew it would be a challenge to reduce crime. Our success is a direct result of our new intelligence led policing strategies, the hard work of all the men and women of the Cocoa Police Department and the dedicated community partners and citizens that joined us in driving crime down under my leadership during the last 8 months of 2021. We are just beginning. It is imperative that we hire more police officers to maintain continued crime reductions, improve safety on our roadways by reducing traffic crashes, and continuing to bring in new partners to help us move forward.”
All law enforcement agencies in the State of Florida are required to report accurate crime data each year, and mid-year. The data submitted is used to help provide a barometer of the crime conditions within a geographic jurisdiction. The official crime report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is expected to be published in the coming months.