Crime data.While not typical, these crimes' offend all who recognize them for what they are: Bias crimes committed against a person or property, motivated by offenders' hatred. Generally carried out in anonymity and usually by groups under the cover of darkness, these offenses target persons, or their property, simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, their heritage, or their sexual orientation sexual orientation
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces. .
Hate crimes pose a real threat to our Nation and to the diverse peoples that make this Nation a community. In an effort to determine the extent of this threat, Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act The Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 USC 534, requires the Attorney General to collect data on crimes committed because of the victim's race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The bill was signed into law by George H. W. of 1990. The act mandates the Attorney General to acquire data concerning crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, ethnicity/national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. This includes, where appropriate, the crimes of murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another or causes such injury purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; or attempts to cause or purposely or , simple assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft Motor vehicle theft or grand theft auto is a criminal act of theft generally understood to refer to the stealing of automobiles, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trucks, trailers or any other motorized vehicle legally allowed on public roads and highways, including attempted , arson, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property. The Attorney General, following the urging of Congress, tasked the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR (Under Color Removal) A method for reducing the amount of printing ink used. It substitutes black for gray color (equal amounts of cyan, magenta and yellow). Thus black ink is used instead of the three CMY inks. See GCR and dot gain. ) Program to develop a data collection program for its 16,000 law enforcement agency Noun 1. law enforcement agency - an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws
FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation - a federal law enforcement agency that is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Justice participants.
UCR Hate Crime Statistics
Having anticipated the Act's passage, the FBI thoroughly studied the issue and determined that the development And implementation of a national hate crime statistics program needed a new and different approach. At the same time, UCR program managers wanted to avoid placing major new reporting burdens on contributing law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). . To address this primary concern, the FBI made two major decisions at the outset of the program's design.
First, the collection of hate crime data would be an adjunct to UCR's current collection of crime data. Hate crimes would not be considered as separate, distinct crimes, but rather as traditional offenses motivated by the offender's bias. For example, an offender may commit arson because of racial bias. UCR did not create a whole new crime category to record this crime; instead, it collected hate crime data by merely capturing additional information about crimes already being reported to UCR.
Second, the FBI limited the types of bias motivation to be reported to be spoken of; to be mentioned, whether favorably or unfavorably.
See also: Report . There are, of course, many kind of bias; the Act names the more common ones. But, bias also exists against rich people, poor people, men who wear long hair/beards, smokers, drinkers, etc. Therefore, UCR limited the types of bias reported to those mandated by the enabling Act Enabling Act
Law passed by the German Reichstag in 1933 that enabled Adolf Hitler to assume dictatorial powers. Deputies from the Nazi Party, the German National People's Party, and the Center Party voted in favor of the act, which “enabled” Hitler's government - prejudice against a race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic group. And, because of the difficulty in determining an offender's subjective motivation, UCR asked law enforcement agencies to report bias only if the investigation revealed sufficient objective facts to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that bias motivated, in whole or in part, the offender's actions.
Although existing comprehensive statistics on the incidence of hate crimes do not exist, the limited statistics being gathered in current State and local hate crime programs indicate that the number of hate crimes reported annually throughout the United States do not constitute a major reporting burden. Therefore, hate crime reporting should not require large new commitments of personnel and other resources by Federal, State, and local UCR data contributors.
With the cooperation and assistance of some of the law enforcement agencies already collecting hate crime information,(1) and a broad coalition of human interest groups, UCR program managers developed a system and guidelines for hate crime data collection within these established parameters. Included in reporting of hate crimes was information about prejudice motivating the designated offenses, the place where the crimes occurred, and the victims and offenders. Law enforcement agencies could then opt to report these crimes either in conjunction with their regular UCR submissions or separately in quarterly hate crime reports.
To facilitate hate crime data collection, UCR personnel conducted 14 regional training conferences nationwide for local law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation and reporting of hate crimes. The participants of these sessions represented each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). , including all law enforcement agencies serving populations over 100,000. The latter agencies represent approximately 77% of die total U.S. population. In addition, UCR provided training to Federal investigative personnel.
A number of law enforcement agencies across the country already submit hate crime data to the FBI, and initial response indicates that implementation of the program will move rapidly. As with all national data collection, however, participation must grow considerably before a valid nationwide assessment of the hate crime problem can be made.
In the interim, the FBI, the Bureau of Justice Statistics Noun 1. Bureau of Justice Statistics - the agency in the Department of Justice that is the primary source of criminal justice statistics for federal and local policy makers
BJS , and the Association of State UCR Programs are jointly preparing a resource book containing available 1990 hate crime data from States and local agencies operating longstanding hate crime programs. This publication will also contain other useful information relative to State-specific hate crime legislation and strategies.
Future FBI plans include an annual publication focused solely on hate crimes, along with topical studies highlighting unique aspects of hate crime occurrences. While the Hate Crimes Statistics Act expires after 5 years, the FBI considers the statistics collection a permanent addition to the UCR Program.
A number of law enforcement associations(2) endorse the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics Program. These endorsements are crucial to the successful implementation of the program. Without law enforcement's voluntary data collection and support, the effort would be doomed to failure.
National hate crime statistics will result in greater awareness and understanding of the true dimensions of the problem nationwide. This, in turn, will result in added benefits. Specifically, law enforcement will be better able to quantify their resource needs and do a better job directing available resources to areas where they will be most effective.
Law enforcement continues to demonstrate progressive, professional competence in developing imaginative approaches to criminal problems. With its response to hate crime legislation, law enforcement shows that same enthusiastic, proactive attention not only to a criminal problem but also to a societal scourge that has even more adverse consequences.
The Hate Crime
* A burning cross ignites the fears of a neighborhood and a community....
* A family's dream of peace and security quickly shatters when vandals break all the windows in their home....
* A victim suffers a brutal beating because of sexual orientation - a battering of dignity as well as the body....
* Hideous symbols of hate deface de·face
tr.v. de·faced, de·fac·ing, de·fac·es
1. To mar or spoil the appearance or surface of; disfigure.
2. To impair the usefulness, value, or influence of.
3. a synagogue, thereby indelibly marking a people and a community with fears from the past acted out in the present....
(1) Maryland State Police The Maryland State Police is the official state police force of the State of Maryland. Overview of the Maryland State Police
The Field Operations Bureau comprises twenty-three (23) barracks within six (6) geographical troop areas. ; Baltimore County, Maryland Coordinates:
For other uses of "Baltimore", see Baltimore (disambiguation).
Baltimore County is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2004, its population was estimated to be 763,181.. , Police Department; Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department; New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. , New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , Police Department; Chicago, Illinois, Police Department. (2) The International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) was founded in Chicago in 1893 as the National Chiefs of Police Union. , the National Sheriffs' Association The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is a U.S. non-profit trade association dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among U.S.sheriffs, their deputies and others in the fields of criminal justice and public safety. , the UCR Data Provider's Advisory Police Board, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, and the Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs.