From The Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has completed its review of the crime statistics for the year 2021.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, overall crime was down approximately 11 percent in 2021 in comparison to 2020. Jefferson County is falling in line with the national statistics, with homicide numbers increasing in 2021.
“We put a lot of effort into preventing things from happening,” Deputy Chief David H. Agee said. “When we have knowledge of these gang situations and retaliation, if we have to even sit in a community for a week to prevent something bad from happening, we do these things. But that’s where our effort has been trying to reduce the violent crimes.”
Agee said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office concentration has been on reducing violent crimes. He said sheriff’s department is working diligently to reduce violent crime numbers. Agee added that non-violent crime has decreased, but they focus on lowering violent crimes.
“The shootings, that’s what we’ve been concentrating on,” Agee said. “We’ve partnered with a lot of cities, doing whatever we can do to prevent bad things from happening.”
See below for the comparison of crime statistics from 2o2o to 2021.