TBI Releases Annual Reports on Hate Crime, Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers

Thursday, May 04, 2017 | 10:31am

NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports, detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and violence against the state’s law enforcement officers. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

Among the findings from ‘Tennessee Hate Crime 2016’:

  • Overall, the number of offenses in which the bias was known decreased approximately 32% from 2015 to 2016.
  • Males (53.7%) were victimized at a higher rate than females (46.3%).
  • Simple Assault was the most frequently reported bias-motivated offense in 2016, with 63 victims or 33.5% of hate crime victims.
  • 9% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.

Among the findings in “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2016”:

  • The number of LEOKA victims increased slightly, by 1.3 % year-to-year, with 1,808 victims reported in 2016.
  • In 2016, there were two Law Enforcement Officer reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • T­he most frequently reported LEOKA offense was Simple Assault at 54.8%.

As with all of its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate.

Both reports are currently available for review on the TBI’s website: http://tn.gov/tbi/article/recent-publications.