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Analyze how crime statistics are collected in the United States. Explain what collection methods are used to obtain statistical data reported by mechanisms, such as the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) maintained by the FBI. Assess how statistical analysis software and databases, such as the UCR, could be used to forecast crime and assist in the deployment of criminal justice resources.

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1. Analyze how crime statistics are collected in the United States. Explain what collection methods are used to obtain statistical data reported by mechanisms, such as the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) maintained by the FBI.

To best depict total crime and to provide the most meaningful data to police administrators, the UCR Program collects data on known offenses and persons arrested by law enforcement agencies. However, the UCR Program does not record the findings of a court, coroner, jury, or the decision of a prosecutor. (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucrquest.htm) Additionally, the America public relies on UCR data for information on the fluctuations in the level of crime from year to year. Also, criminologists, sociologists, legislators, city planners, the media, and other students of criminal justice use them for a variety of research and planning purposes. Since crime is a sociological phenomenon influenced by a variety of factors, the FBI discourages data users from ranking agencies and using the data as a measurement of law enforcement effectiveness (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/word.htm).

Date collection methods include:

1. Incident-Level UCR Data:

Incident-level data are ...

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Analyzes how crime statistics are collected in the United States. Explains what collection methods are used to obtain statistical data reported by mechanisms, such as the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) maintained by the FBI. Assesses how statistical analysis software and databases, such as the UCR, could be used to forecast crime and assist in the deployment of criminal justice resources. Links for further research are also provided.

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