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Strategic Goal By 2015, the violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants in Maricopa County will be 440 or lower, a 3.3% reduction from the 2008 rate.

Trend over time:

Violent Crime Rate in Maricopa County Chart

Why this is Important:

Crime takes a toll on the health of our community through loss of life, fear for physical safety, disintegration of community cohesion, and incarceration. This goal is aimed at continuing the County’s efforts to reduce violent crime rate in the community.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County government influences the crime rate through the role it plays in preventing criminal activity, responding to crime, and administering the criminal justice system. The county's key criminal justice organizations include the Sheriff's Office, County Attorney’s Office, the departments of Adult and Juvenile Probation, the departments of Public Defense Services, and Superior and Justice Courts. Also contributing to achievement of the goal are the Human Services Department’s Community Justice Division and the County Manager’s Justice System and Planning Division, among others. The agencies’ functions vary widely to meet the differing needs of the community as well as legal mandates directed toward reducing the violent crime rate in the County.

How progress is measured:

The rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants

Where we are:

Current indicator value (2010): 370.8

In 2010, the violent crime rate in Maricopa County decreased to 370.8 per 100,000 inhabitants from 393.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009. This is an 18.5% reduction from the 2008 rate.

The rate reported in 2010 is well below the goal target of 440 violent crimes per 100,000. It appears as though we are on a positive track to exceed the goal during the targeted time frame.

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