Three-Year Decline in Crime Continues

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2009) – The University of South Florida Police Department today reports a 32 per cent drop in crime during the past three years and a 23 percent increase in arrests.  The award-winning department credits additional funding and proactive policing initiatives such as DUI checkpoints and added patrolling for the steady improvement in statistics. 


For more detail please visit: or contact Lt. Meg Ross, the department’s public information officer at (813) 974-2451. 


The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.