TBI report says BCSO clears 61% of cases for 2015

State percent is only 39.27

BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Posted 4/20/16

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 “Crime In Tennessee” report shows the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is reported as having cleared and solved 61.36 percent of its cases for …

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TBI report says BCSO clears 61% of cases for 2015

State percent is only 39.27

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 “Crime In Tennessee” report shows the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is reported as having cleared and solved 61.36 percent of its cases for that calendar year, placing it in the top tier of local law enforcement entities in the state.

It compares to the state percentage of 39.27 percent.

The report released this week also shows the BCSO has solved 54 percent of “crimes against persons and property.”

When analyzing the section on “crimes against persons,” 87 percent of the crimes were solved by the BCSO, compared to the state’s average of 49 percent.

“The cases in this section involve bodily harm or threats of bodily harm,” said Sheriff Eric Watson. “As a result, it is important victims of these cases are reassured that we diligently investigate in order to identify the perpetrator(s). These numbers give great credit to the hard work of Bradley County’s loyal and devoted deputies.”

TBI’s annual report also documents a 36 percent clearance rate in the category of “crimes against property.” The state average was 22 percent.

“Communication between the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions, among hard work, helped solve these cases,” Watson said. “Out of all the counties in Tennessee, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was fourth in solving burglaries.”

The report shows counties that had better percent averages were significantly smaller in population; these counties had no more than 51 reported burglaries and 125 combined burglaries when Bradley County had 266 reported burglaries.

“My office recognizes the seriousness of resolving these cases in order to recover stolen property, and to reduce the possibility of the suspect(s) performing additional burglaries,” the sheriff said.

“Once crimes are committed, we understand that our community expects efficient and effective approaches to identify the person(s) responsible. Therefore, the TBI report is a reflection of this cohesive mission, and we strive to provide citizens of Bradley County quality law enforcement,” Watson said.

“We continue to stand by our mission statement that says, ‘It is the goal and purpose of our deputies that Bradley County be an enjoyable and safe community in which to live, work, and visit,’” the sheriff said.

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