Overall crime, murder rate down in Orlando



ORLANDO, Fla. - Chanel 9 has learned that overall crime and murder rates were down in Orlando in 2013 despite a larger population.

The Orlando Police Department made the announcement on Wednesday, and officials there brought out a lot of the high-tech equipment to show they're a modern, efficient department.

The crime stats are one thing the chief wanted to focus on. He said overall crime was down 0.5 percent, but property crimes were up mostly because of an increase in cellphone thefts.

The chief, however, said the murder rate is down and clearance of murder cases is above the national average.

Overall, Chief Paul Rooney said he's very satisfied with what the department has been able to accomplish.

"When we look back and just look at what we have accomplished in the past years, it's incredible," said Rooney. "I'm blessed and every day I don't take it lightly."

The chief said he's looking forward to 2014, and one of the key initiatives that will soon be under way is the testing of body cameras on officers.

The test will consist of 50 officers wearing the body cameras with another 50 not using them. By the end of the year, the department will decide if the cameras are valuable and useful, and there will be a decision made as to whether they will purchase the cameras.