November 21, 2018

2017 Hate Crime Statistics
On November 13, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released its annual Hate Crimes Statistics, which includes hate crime information for 2017, broken down by location, offenders, bias types, and victims. The number of hate crimes increased by 17% between 2016 and 2017, and the number of agencies reporting hate crimes to the FBI continues to grow.
In 2017, 16,149 law enforcement agencies (LEAs) participated in the UCR Program, an increase of 859 from 2016. These LEAs provided between one and twelve months of data about bias-motivated incidents. A total of 7,175 hate crimes were reported by 2,040 LEAs in 2017 compared to 6,121 hate crimes reported by 1,776 LEAs in 2016. The remaining LEAs reported no hate crimes in their jurisdiction in 2017.
The UCR Program reports on both single-bias and multiple-bias incidents. A single-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by the same bias, and, as of 2013, a multiple-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by two or more biases. Consistently, race/ethnicity/ancestry are the most reported single-bias incident crimes. In 2017, 59.6% of hate crimes were a result of race/ethnicity/ancestry. Religious, single-bias incidents make up the second largest percentage (20.6%), and within this group anti-Jewish/anti-Semitic incidents grew significantly (37%) between 2016 and 2017.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker released the following statement on the FBI's announcement of the 2017  Hate Crimes Statistics : "This report is a call to action-and we will heed that call. The Department of Justice's top priority is to reduce violent crime in America, and hate crimes are violent crimes. They are also despicable violations of our core values as Americans. I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes-which were already the most common religious hate crimes in the United States-that is well documented in this report. The American people can be assured that this Department has already taken significant and aggressive actions against these crimes and that we will vigorously and effectively defend their rights."
Both the FBI and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recognize that hate crimes are largely underreported or not reported at all. The FBI announced it will begin a new training for law enforcement officers next year on how to identify bias-motivated incidents and report that data to the FBI's UCR Program. The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new hate crimes website that contains information for law enforcement officers on reporting incidents, allows victims to report a hate crime, provides prevention ideas for communities, and more. The ADL continues to work with communities across the country to improve hate crime prevention and reporting through educational programs and training for K-12 and institutions of higher education, webinars, podcasts, and other resources.

LEAs are able to classify a location for where each hate crime occurred using one of 46 designations. The top three categories remain the same, with schools/colleges holding the third highest position. Unfortunately, the largest increase across all categories took place at the school/college level, a change of 0.6% between 2016 and 2017. This is the highest reported percentage of incidents at schools/colleges since 2010.
For previous hate crimes statistics from the FBI, please visit the UCR website. Additional information on hate crimes is regularly released and updated by many federal partners and institutions of higher education. For more resources, search our online library using the search tag "hate crimes."

Giving Thanks
On this holiday week, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to safety and security, law enforcement, emergency management, and other campus professionals. Your services help to ensure safe environments for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors. Thank you!

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide
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Violent Crime Reduction
Last month, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association released the Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide (PDF) in an effort to address ways in which law enforcement can successfully combat violent crime. While there is discussion about and research on the increase and/or decrease in crime in the U.S., how violent crime is felt in communities and how policing executives respond is nuanced. Each jurisdiction has its own unique set of challenges, stakeholders, and resources making a singular or static solution unlikely to be effective. This guide outlines actions and activities that are relatable agency to agency and that have contributed to successful crime-fighting strategies throughout the country. This guide complements existing resources and was written by chiefs and for chiefs. This "for the field, by the field" perspective combines best practices and research to assist all law enforcement executives in assessing their overall capacity and answering the question, "Where do we go from here?"
The guide begins by discussing leadership and how the success of any strategy is dependent on this important element. The guide goes on to discuss problem identification and analysis, the first steps in determining strategies and deploying resources. By identifying the characteristics of violent crime, and carefully analyzing the causes of crime, law enforcement can implement effective, evidence-based enforcement and prevention strategies such as hot-spot policing, problem-oriented policing, directed patrols, and focused deterrence.
Following is an outline of critical elements, or essential components of crime-fighting strategies, including community engagement, partnerships, technology, analytics and intelligence, training, tactics, resources and sustainability, and accountability. In the guide, each of these critical elements is set up in a format to assist agency executives in determining their respective capacity in each area. The administrative side of the crime fight is discussed, as well as the importance of grants management. The case studies section features programs from throughout the country that may generate ideas, peer-to-peer exchanges of information, and a community of learning among law enforcement agencies and their partners. They illustrate programs that include the critical elements contained in the guide. The guide concludes with an appendix that provides a high-level outline of programs, resources, training, and assistance available to support police executives in building capacity.
In July 2018, a group of campus safety leaders and subject-matter experts, with support from the National Center for Campus Public Safety, gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a one-day forum to discuss campus safety's role and strategies for preventing violence in their communities. The resulting report (PDF) contains a number of promising s trategic practices identified by participants that campus safety teams can implement to prevent violence in their college and university campus communities.
For additional information, visit the National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations' violent crime reduction strategies web page .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Clery Today: Clery Coordination
Organization: Clery Center
Date: December 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free for members/Fee for non-members
Title: Solo Officer Rapid Deployment
Organization: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Dates: March 12-13, 2019
Location: Muleshoe, TX
Fee: Free
Title: Flooding Hazards: Science & Preparedness (AWR-362)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: January 15, 2019
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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