JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AGENCIES LAUNCH NEW TOOL TO
EASE CRIME DATA ANALYSIS
WASHINGTON-- The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI recently launched an online data tool www.ucrdatatool.gov to make it easier to research and analyze crime data.
According to the FBI, "The [Uniform Crime Data (UCR)] Data Tool lets users perform queries on custom variables like year, agency, and type of offense. Until now, making comparisons of the [UCR] crime data required searching the annual reports and then manually crunching the numbers. The new tool aims to make it easier for users—including our law enforcement partners who supply the data—to make use of the raw numbers."
BJS developed the UCR data tool for the FBI as part of on-going collaboration between the two agencies to improve crime data accessibility and provide information to the public. The ucrdatatool.gov will replace the BJS long-standing data online tool that presented crime trends from the FBI's UCR. More information about the methodology and best practices for using the new tool are available at www.ucrdatatool.gov.
For additional information about the Bureau of Justice Statistics' statistical reports and programs, please visit the BJS Web site at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.