New TBI stats on hate crimes and violence against law enforcement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports on Thursday, dealing with statistics on hate crimes and crimes against law enforcement.

The numbers come from local jurisdictions through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

The highlights 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.
• 28.9% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.

And highlights from “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 2015.
• In 2015, 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%.

You can read the full reports on the TBI’s website: www.tn.gov/tbi.

But, as always, they discourage comparing the numbers from department to department, since they don’t all report participate in the same way.

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