Aug 29, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Tampa Bay Times: TAMPA — By the third day of the Republican National Convention the world watching was left agog: A grand total of three protesters had been arrested; only one during an actual demonstration.
It was calm. Some said too calm. And that’s not even the half of it, law enforcement said.
Crime is down. All over. And no one is sure why.
Tampa police have a theory:
“The City of Tampa is the safest place to be right now in the entire United States,” said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
On average, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties saw significantly fewer arrests this week than during those leading up to the convention, law enforcement officials said. Monday, about 100 fewer arrests were reported than Monday of last week.
There haven’t been as many people calling 911 either.
“It’s not just arrests,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon. “It’s everything.”