Uniform Crime Reports

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Uniform Crime Reports

Annual publications containing criminological data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and intended to assist in identifying law enforcement problems, especially with regard to: murder and non-negligent Manslaughter, forcible rape, Robbery, aggravated assault, Burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and Arson. These studies provide a nationwide view of crime because they are based on statistics submitted by law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Critics of the Uniform Crime Reports have argued that local police departments may shape their record-keeping practices to produce results that will lend support to departmental positions on issues relating to crime and crime control. Most observers generally acknowledge, however, that the potential for manipulation in recordkeeping is not so great as to detract from the essential accuracy of the overall trends depicted in the Uniform Crime Reports.The FBI makes current and historical reports available online at <www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm>.

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1 "Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report," Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, released May 5, 1996.
Sources of statistical information include the Uniform Crime Reports related to violent crimes; the National Crime Information Center searches identifying violent fugitives; the Bureau of Justice Statistics for criminal statistical analysis; the National Drug Intelligence Center for statistics and trends; and public sources of information, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and medical facilities, for trends in violent crimes.
2 Crime in the United States - 1993, Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, 1994.
The creation of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), and fingerprint identification services achieved this goal.
The Uniform Crime Reports generates a reliable set of criminal statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operations, and management.
In the 1929 Foreword to Uniform Crime Reporting: A Complete Manual for the Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Committee on Uniform Crime Reports stated, "The urgent need for national crime statistics in the United States is so well recognized as to require no debate."
Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) is a nationwide cooperative effort, the objective of which is to provide a reliable set of criminal statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.
The American public looks to Uniform Crime Reports for information on fluctuations in the level of crime, and criminologists, sociologists, legislators, municipal planners, the media, and other students of criminal justice use the statistics for varied research and planning purposes.
The IACP published the statistics that they collected thereafter in a monthly pamphlet titled Uniform Crime Reports for the United States and Its Possessions and distributed it to participating agencies and other interested parties.
(6) The state agency must have the proven capability (tested over a period of time) to supply all the statistical data required in time to meet deadlines established for publication of the national Uniform Crime Reports.
Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June *

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