Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Performance Task

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Your task is to write a report for the Chief of Police Rodney Hurt. He will use the report for his news conference in regard to the public’s concern for the increase in crime over the past five years. In the report, you will include the following:

1. A definition and description of the Uniform Crime Report. 2. A description of the data-gathering strategy for your report and a rationale for why you chose this technique 3. A discussion of the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years.

Your report should clearly describe all the details necessary for the Chief’s news conference. Your answers will be judged not only on the accuracy of the information you provide, but also on how thoroughly the information is covered, how effectively the report is organized, and how well your writing reflects the conventions of standard written English. While your personal values and experiences are important, please answer all the questions in this task solely on the basis of the information provided in the Document Library. (The Document Library is included in this assignment document.)

Formatting Requirements:

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: ● Be four pages typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides. All the information you need is in the Document Library.

● Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, professor’s name, course title, and date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length.

Self-Assessment Checklist:

Use this to check your work before you submit your assignment:

 My paper defines and describes the Uniform Crime Report.  My paper describes a data-gathering strategy and explains why I used this strategy.  My paper discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years.

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Week 4 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Performance Task Assignment #1 Quick Links SCENARIO TASK RUBRIC DOCUMENT LIBRARY CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Scenario In June of 2016 you begin your first week as an intern at the Happy Town Police Department. As an intern, you develop a good rapport with Police Chief Rodney Hurt. On the second week of your internship you begin to ask questions (of the police officers you have been working with at the department) concerning the Uniform Crime Rate. You tell them you are taking a class at Strayer University and are interested in gaining a better understanding of statistics and the application of statistics to law enforcement. The following day you are greeted by Sergeant Gunn. She provides you with Part I crime data over the past five years that were submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the Uniform Crime Report. The Part I information provided to you by Sergeant Gunn is a compilation of crime data drawn from four areas: Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town. After a review of the crime trends, you are alarmed at the rate of crime reported in these four towns. You are now curious to dig a little deeper and make some comparisons across the data provided to you. © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 2 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Task Your task is to write a report for the Chief of Police Rodney Hurt. He will use the report for his news conference in regard to the public’s concern for the increase in crime over the past five years. In the report, you will include the following: 1. A definition and description of the Uniform Crime Report. 2. A description of the data-gathering strategy for your report and a rationale for why you chose this technique 3. A discussion of the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Your report should clearly describe all the details necessary for the Chief’s news conference. Your answers will be judged not only on the accuracy of the information you provide, but also on how thoroughly the information is covered, how effectively the report is organized, and how well your writing reflects the conventions of standard written English. While your personal values and experiences are important, please answer all the questions in this task solely on the basis of the information provided in the Document Library. (The Document Library is included in this assignment document.) Formatting Requirements: Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: ● Be four pages typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides. All the information you need is in the Document Library. ● Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, professor’s name, course title, and date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length. Self-Assessment Checklist: Use this to check your work before you submit your assignment:  My paper defines and describes the Uniform Crime Report.  My paper describes a data-gathering strategy and explains why I used this strategy.  My paper discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 3 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Rubric Grading for this assignment will be based on the quality of your responses, logic/organization of the report, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric. Points: 150 Assignment 1: UCR Performance Task Criteria Unacceptable Below 70% F Fair 70-79% C Proficient 80-89% B Exemplary 90-100% A 1. Define and describe the UCR report. Does not define and describe the UCR report. Partially defines and describes the UCR report but could use more supporting details. Satisfactorily defines and describes the UCR report. Thoroughly defines and describes the UCR report. Does not select or incompletely describes a data-gathering strategy. Partially describes a data-gathering strategy and provides a rationale for why you chose that technique. Satisfactorily describes a datagathering strategy and provides a rationale for why you chose that technique. Thoroughly describes a datagathering strategy and provides a wellsupported rationale for why you chose that technique. The description of the strategy and rationale need further development and supporting details. Some additional supporting details would improve this section. Partially discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Satisfactorily discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Some of the trends were discussed, but this section would be improved by addressing more of the trends. Most of the trends were addressed with supporting details, but not all of them. All the major trends were addressed and well-supported. 5-6 errors present. 3-4 errors present. 0-2 errors present. Weight: 25% 2.Describe a datagathering strategy and provide a rationale for why you chose that strategy. Weight: 25% 3. Discuss the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Does not provide a rationale for why you chose that technique. Does not submit or incompletely discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Weight: 25% 4. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. More than 6 errors present. Thoroughly discusses the crime trends comparing Happy Town, Frown Town, Smooth Town, and Cool Town over the past five years. Weight: 25% © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 4 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Document Library HAPPY TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS 2010 – 2015 Year Population1 Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 2015 125,336 7 12 56 86 18 214 21 2014 132,426 7 12 53 83 19 205 22 2013 140,326 6 8 49 82 17 198 18 2012 161,331 5 4 50 80 18 201 20 2011 173,111 4 3 48 75 14 161 21 2010 168,010 0 2 36 72 10 162 17 Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Larcenytheft Motor vehicle theft © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 5 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior FROWN TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS 2010 – 2015 Year Population1 Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 2015 111,002 0 2 26 53 14 126 18 2014 110,830 0 2 34 65 15 143 22 2013 110,750 2 1 26 61 17 141 18 2012 110,350 2 2 23 57 18 142 20 2011 110,111 0 1 19 55 14 139 21 2010 108,350 0 2 8 53 10 140 17 Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Larcenytheft Motor vehicle theft © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 6 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior SMOOTH TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS 2010 – 2015 Year Population1 Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 2015 156,336 5 5 10 80 18 161 18 2014 148,426 4 4 8 75 19 167 17 2013 147,326 3 4 7 78 17 163 18 2012 145,331 5 3 9 77 18 162 20 2011 145,111 4 3 7 75 14 161 21 2010 120,010 0 5 8 78 10 162 17 Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Larcenytheft Motor vehicle theft © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 7 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior COOL TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS 2010 – 2015 Year Population1 Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 2015 175,336 0 2 26 53 14 126 18 2014 165,486 0 2 34 65 15 143 22 2013 154,126 2 1 26 61 17 141 18 2012 143,231 2 2 23 57 18 142 20 2011 133,119 0 1 19 55 14 139 21 2010 128,010 0 2 8 53 10 140 17 Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Larcenytheft Motor vehicle theft © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 8 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Happy Town Tribune Monday, March 12, 2016 Major crimes in Happy Town go up in 2015 By Tamara Fearless, Special to the Happy Town Tribune March 5, 2016 Happy Town, GA. — Happy Town had a five percent increase in major crimes reported in 2015, due to an increase in thefts, according to recently released statistics. In crimes categorized as Part 1 offenses – such as murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated assault and battery, burglary, theft and arson – theft and arson were the only categories that increased. There were 214 thefts reported in 2015, compared with 167 the year before. One arson was reported in 2014. “Crime goes in cycles”, Police Chief Rodney Hurt stated at yesterday’s news conference. Shoplifting a Problem at the Socks for Feet By Tamara Fearless, Special to the Happy Town Tribune March 5, 2016 Happy Town, GA. — Three people were arrested Friday after police say a shoplifting incident led officers to drugs and a stolen gun. Happy Town Police say two men stole three dozen pairs of socks from Socks for Feet and were stopped in the parking lot. A third suspect was found in a vehicle outside the store. According to a release, investigators found a substantial amount of crack cocaine and marijuana in the suspects’ possession. Officials later searched a vehicle and hotel room connected with the suspects and found a stolen handgun and more marijuana, according to a release. They also found an unregistered handgun during the search. The suspects were arrested on charges of theft of property, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearms. They will be identified pending formal arraignment. Blackboard support 1-877-642-2999 Uniform Crime Reporting By Tamara Fearless, Special to the Happy Town Tribune March 5, 2016 The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program. The crime data are submitted either through a state UCR Program or directly to the FBI’s UCR Program. In addition to these reports, information is available on the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program and the Hate Crime Statistics Program, as well as the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). https://ucr.fbi.gov/ Police Chiefs Son Arrested Again Happy Town, GA. — The son of Happy Town’s Police Chief has found himself on the wrong side of the law again after being charged with multiple charges on Tuesday. Online arrest records show 24-year-old Bubba Hurt, the son of Chief Rodney Hurt, was arrested at the Socks for Feet. It is his second arrest in less than a year. Last July, Hurt turned himself into authorities after he was accused of leaving a bar without paying his tab. Police said the charges stemmed from a dispute over a bill at the Ugly Monkey Party bar on West Prison Street. © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 9 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Frown Town Times Monday, March 12, 2016 Blackboard support 1-877-642-2999 Police: Crime down 17 percent in Frown Town Sources of Crime Statistics By Mangum Force, Special to the Times March 4, 2016 March 4, 2016 By Mangum Force, Special to the Times Frown Town, GA. — Frown Town police are reporting a 17 percent drop in the village’s annual crime rate – a change authorities attribute to criminal investigations, arrests and community involvement. “We really rely on the business community and the citizens to help us fight crime,” said Frown Town’s Police Chief Kirby Berretta, who has led the department since 2004. “The more eyes and ears you have out there, the safer the community will be.” Chief Berretta’s statement came while addressing students at Strayer University. Chief Berretta stated “it gives our town something to smile about.” How much crime is there? An examination of the UCR and its relationship to sources of data on crime and criminals is useful. An examination of the Uniform Crime Report and its relationship to other sources such as the National IncidentBased Reporting System (NIBRS) are extremely useful for understanding crime and criminals. It is unclear whether an accurate estimate of the amount of crime committed is possible, for several reasons. For one, not all crimes that are committed are discovered. In addition, some crimes may be known only to the perpetrators, in which case the victim is unaware of loss. Perhaps there is no identifiable victim, as in the case of a gambling violation. The further a source of statistics is from the “crimes committed” category, the less useful it is as a measure of the extent of crime. Not all crimes that are discovered are reported to the police; similarly, not all reported crimes are recorded by police. https://strayer.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781483306919/cfi /6!/4/2/20/4@0:65.1 The Crime Indexes: Violent and Property Crime Additional Sources of Crime Statistics By Mangum Force, Special to the Times March 4, 2016 Historically, the UCR has been divided into two parts. Part I crimes consist of the index crimes, major felonies that are believed to be serious, to occur frequently, and to have a greater likelihood of being reported to the police. The index offenses are as follows: 1. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 2. Forcible rape 3. Robbery 4. Aggravated assault 5. Burglary 6. Larceny-theft 7. Motor vehicle theft 8. Arson https://strayer.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781483306919/ cfi/6!/4/2/20/4@0:65.1 By Mangum Force, Special to the Times March 4, 2016 In addition, some law enforcement agencies may purposely conceal recorded crimes; some offenses may be unfounded crimes or defined by investigating officers as not constituting a criminal matter. For instance, when a complainant reports an attempted burglary, investigating officers may conclude that there is not enough evidence to support that a crime took place. Despite this problematic relationship between crimes recorded and crimes committed, the UCR until recently represented the best statistics available on crime commission and, as will be discussed later in this chapter, still represents one of the best sources. Once we move beyond crimes recorded as a measure of crime commission, we are getting further removed from the accurate measurement of crime. Thus, arrest statistics, indictments, convictions, incarcerations, and other dispositions such as probation and parole are not as useful. Such statistics have much more to do with police efficiency or allocations to the criminal justice system and general societal policies toward crime control policy than they do with measuring the extent of the crime problem. https://strayer.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781483306919/cfi/6!/4/2/20/ 4@0:65.1 © 2017 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. Page 10 of 14 CRJ 105 – Crime and Criminal Behavior Smooth Town Daily Monday, March 12, 2016 Blackboard support 1-877-642-2999 Major Crimes Down in Smooth Town What are Part I and Part II Index Crimes By Tamara Justice, Smooth Town Daily reporter February 6, 2016 February 6, 2016 Smooth Town, GA. — Major crime in Smooth Town is at its lowest in at least five years, according to preliminary statistics from the Smooth Town Police Department. The drop stems from a decline in property-related crimes to 260 last year, well below the five-year average of 225, data shows. There were 120 crimes against people in 2012, just slightly above the five-year norm. “Compared to other communities our size, we have a very low crime rate and we’re very proud of that and we want to continue that,” said Police Chief Wesson. Police Chief Wesson further stated “hopefully it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the year.” Smooth Town a Safe Town By Tamara Justice, Smooth Town Daily reporter February 6, 2016 Smooth Town, GA. — This midsize township of 156,000 in Hipster County takes one of the top spots. In addition to a low rate of violent crime, the community had the lowest rate of property crime. Overall, the crime rate was a whopping 97% lower than its Georgia peers. Smooth Town is a four-minute drive from Fort Cool Breeze and a 10-minute drive to Lollipop Amusement Park. The median household income here was 15 percent higher than the median for the state. By Tamara Justice, Smooth Town Daily reporter The violent crime index consists of: 1. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 2. Forcible rape 3. Robbery 4. Aggravated assault The property crime index consists of: 1. Burglary 2. Larceny-theft 3. Motor vehicle theft 4. Arson Part II crimes are non-index offenses and are not used in the calculation of the crime rate. These include the following: • Simple assault • Forgery and counterfeiting • Fraud • Embezzlement • Receiving stolen property • Vandalism • Illegal carrying of wea …

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