About Citrus County Sheriff's Office
ILP Implementation Paying Off I have now been your Sheriff for 18 years and during that time, we have used several different policing methodologies as the basis for keeping our community safe. Over the years, you’ve heard me mention concepts like problem-oriented-policing, community-oriented policing and most recently, our most effective crime-fighting philosophy, Intelligence Led Policing.
ILP is an entirely different approach to the way we do business. It is absolutely, without a doubt, the most effective way to fight crime that I’ve ever seen in my 30+ years as a law enforcement officer. ILP relies heavily on crime analysis and crime intelligence to prevent crime from happening. Since a large percentage of crime is done by those who have committed crimes before, we now focus the majority of our attention on active and repeat offenders. That is the heart of ILP – and it works. We first started implementing the ILP approach in 2010, changing our reactive way of policing with this new intelligence-led way of policing. The process was slow going, but with each passing year, we have become more effective in how we do business, as you can see by the comparison chart.
The chart above includes just some of the crimes that we track as an agency on a daily basis. As you can see, most categories have significantly decreased since 2009, the year before we began implementing this new way of policing. Considering the sagging economy over the past several years, we should have seen very large increases in crime. Instead, we have seen decreases, despite not having the budget dollars to hire additional deputies. These successes can truly be attributed to ILP.
A few highlights from 2014’s continued implementation included utilizing personnel in the judicial division for intelligence; training all first responders, animal control officers and educators with the school system how to recognize the presence of methamphetamine labs; and a huge retail theft initiative that led to major intelligence gathering for further crime prevention.
I’m quite proud of the way this agency has made the shift to ILP and I expect even greater successes in 2015. As we progress, please continue to help us keep this community safe by reporting any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 or via the Crime Stoppers website at crimestopperscitrus.com.