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Miami-Dade County has largest decrease in juvenile crime in State of Florida

MIAMI (December 12, 2016)

Recently, Miami-Dade County was recognized by Governor Scott for having the largest decrease in juvenile arrests over the last fiscal year in the State of Florida. Miami-Dade County has seen a 12 percent decrease in juvenile crime and continues to provide the appropriate resources for our County’s youth. Statewide, juvenile arrests dropped another 7 percent in the last fiscal year, resulting in a six-year decline of 37 percent.
 
The Youth and Community Safety Initiative, launched in March 2016, is a collaborative effort created to aid in the development of comprehensive, effective and immediate solutions to create a safer Miami-Dade. The initiative includes programs such as the Youth Outreach Unit (YOU). YOU works in concert with the Miami-Dade Police Departmnet, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department, the Department of Juvenile of Justice and community-based organizations to develop a level of trust and legitimacy in the targeted communities. Officers assigned to the YOU also engage neighbors and seek to address quality of life concerns for the neighborhood as well.
 
"A safe and more secure community is my top priority as Mayor, and while crime rates have fallen countywide, we still need to do more to curb youth violence,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “That is why our police officers are not only patrolling neighborhoods, but are working in collaboration with our Juvenile Services Department and Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department to mentor at-risk youth in their homes, steer them away from crime, bring needed support to their families, train them for jobs and keep them engaged in healthy after-school activities. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and look forward to what I know we will continue to achieve together as a community."

“Our community has put a great deal of time, effort, and resources into finding innovative ways to support our most vulnerable population of young people to build a sense of hope and community that will allow them to grow into productive adults," said Director Morris Copeland.
 
These collaborative efforts are proving to be effecting in mitigating youth violence in our community. Miami-Dade County remains committed to working together to create a safer place for our children and future generations. It takes all of us to protect all of us.