Crime in the United States, 1997   [open pdf - 614KB]

"Since 1930, Crime in the United States has been the primal source for publication of the Nation's crime data. The data, a culmination of monthly law enforcement reports and individual crime incident records, are voluntarily submitted to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The primary objective of the UCR Program is to provide a reliable set of criminal justice statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management. To assist participating agencies, the Criminal Justice Information Services Division now offers a Quality Assurance Review to help maintain program integrity and to assure accountability and validity of the data reported. UCR statistics make possible studies among regions, states, counties, cities, towns, and college and university campuses with similar populations and other common characteristics. It is imperative that other crime factors, such as those mentioned on the following page, are considered when studying specific populations to avoid simplistic ranking which often results in distorted perceptions of the crime in specific locales. In analyzing the data, responsible researchers may theorize about the possible causes of crime, fluctuations of crime trends, and effects of crime on a particular area. Therefore, the statistics are not only an aid to the law enforcement community in its assessment of crime, but they are also an aid to varied government entities and their interest groups, community development organizations, university researchers, and private citizens for a myriad of purposes. The UCR Program shares with local, state, and federal law enforcement an everincreasing commitment to develop computerized data-collection systems."

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