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Uniform Crime Reports
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was
conceived in 1929 by the International Association of
Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform
crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was
tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving
those statistics. Today, several annual statistical
publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in
the United States, are produced from data provided
by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across
the United States.
Crime in the United States
Hate Crime Statistics
Law Enforcement Officers Killed and
Assaulted
Additional UCR Publications
National Incident-Based Reporting System
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The importance of this book cannot be overstated.  If
you read this book, and you keep it close for reference,
you will never experience problems recognizing and
properly classifying crimes.

Additionally, your knowledge of its contents will put
you far ahead of others in any preemployment
interviews.
There's only one problem with becoming familiar
with Uniform Crime Reporting.  You will, without a
doubt, suffer a lot of frustration.  You'll work with
police officers, supervisors, commanders and police
chiefs who won't have a clue when it comes to the
proper classification of crimes.

Many police officers at every rank level will complete
their entire careers without ever consulting the UCR
Handbook.  In the rare instances when they do look
at UCR definitions of crime, you'll marvel at some of
the most convoluted interpretations that these
guys and girls will apply.
FBI Uniform
Crime Reports
"Many police officers at every rank level will
complete their entire careers without ever
consulting the UCR Handbook."
~ Barry M. Baker
The single most universal factor that confuses so
many is their effort to compare their state's criminal
code classifications to UCR classifications.  It's
maddening - they just can't seem to comprehend
the fact that UCR was created to provide a -
uniform - method to report and compare crime -
uniformly - on a national level.

You'll eventually get to the point where you won't
even comment on their self-inflicted stupidity.  You'll
become content in knowing that you're not the one
who's confused.

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