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A DESIRABLE DECLINE The historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Photo by Scott Proffitt SARASOTA COUNTY HAS SEEN THE HIGHEST DECREASE IN CRIME OF ALL FLORIDA COUNTIES WITH POPULATIONS ABOVE 100,000 SINCE TOM KNIGHT BECAME SHERIFF By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The focus was on future facilities for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office last week as Sheriff Tom Knight and members of his staff met with the Sarasota County Commission for a planning workshop. during his presentation that since Knight took office in January 2009, the county has seen the largest reduction in crime of any Florida county with a population higher than 100,000. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Census However, Bill Spitler, director of research and Bureau, 34 of Florida's 67 counties have popplanning for the Sheriff's Office, made the point ulations exceeding 100,000.

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