Marco Police Chief Tom Carr spoke at a recent Sunrise Rotary weekly breakfast meeting as part of the community awareness effort to make members more aware of the activities and accomplishments of our city departments and the people that manage them.
The chief explained that we are fortunate here on Marco because this being considered a paradise is very appealing to officers from other cities.
We are blessed that almost 40 percent of the current force have had experience at other law enforcement agencies. This is a big advantage in training and crime prevention and detection for the Marco department.
Average experience of Marco officers is 17 years.
While the Marco department has grown since the year 2000, calls for service has doubled over the same period. The chief estimates calls for police service will be around 61, 000 this year. During the first year of existence those calls amounted to just below 15,000.
The chief proudly proclaimed that the crime rate on Marco Island has decreased 46 percent since incorporation. He further stated our current crime rate is significantly lower than all other comparable communities in Southwest Florida. Serious crime also has been reduced significantly and arrests totaled 330 in the year 2008.
Chief Carr concluded by making a comparison with the Naples Police Department. They had 55,735 calls for service in 2008 and have 79 sworn officers in the department. Marco Island Police Department had 61,430 calls for service over the same time and have only 32 sworn officers. A question and answer period followed.
Sunrise Rotary holds a breakfast meeting every week at Bistro Soleil. New members are always welcome.
For more information, call Jim Curran at 394- 6663.