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Solved: 100% Polk homicides over last 5 years

Solved: 100% Polk homicides over last 5 years

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd reported Thursday that the PCSO Homicide Unit solved every homicide that occurred in the last five years in unincorporated Polk County and the contract cities.

Sheriff Judd praised the dedication of all men and women in his agency working together saying he was proud of the agency members.

"We have a holistic approach to crime in Polk County - we work together in our agency as a team, and we partner with the community to solve and deter crime," Judd said.

In 2012 the unit investigated 23 homicides. Some were cleared by arrests, others were ruled justified by the State Attorney's office. 

In 2013, so far, the agency has worked on and solved six homicides. 

"Solving homicides is extremely important to us. Not only does it result in locking up violent criminals so that they can't hurt anyone else, just as importantly it helps victims' families have some sort of closure, knowing the person(s) responsible for killing their loved one can't hurt anyone else, and that they will be held accountable," said Judd. "When we are assigned a homicide, our detectives, crime scene investigators, crime analysts, and support staff work non-stop around the clock, to solve the crime quickly as possible."

In addition to the homicides that the unit investigated and solved so far in 2013, the unit has handled: 152 natural deaths, 19 suicides, 19 accidental deaths, 5 child deaths, and other cases routinely assigned to the unit.

 

 

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