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Police Chief Chuck Harmon enters political realm, criticizes Wagman mailer



St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon is firing back at a Scott Wagman mailer that says crime in Tampa is down while crime in St. Petersburg is up. (Hat tip to Saint Petersblog, which reported it first).

"Scott Wagman has sent out such gross misrepresentation of the facts in his campaign material indicating crime in Tampa is down 46% while St. Petersburg is up 9%," Harmon wrote in a letter addressed to friends, colleagues, community leaders and citizens. "The City of Tampa has reported a 46% drop in crime over the last six years (2002 to 2008), but he uses a six-month figure from St. Petersburg instead of a multi-year figure. Crime in St. Petersburg actually fell almost 10% from 2001 to 2008, and violent crime was down 23% during that time."

Read the entire letter here.

A Police Department official said the letter was sent to City Council members, neighborhood leaders, the Community Police Council and neighborhood crime watch coordinators.

As you may recall, Wagman has already vowed to replace Harmon if elected.

Aaron Sharockman, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:03pm]


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