Essay about Law Enforcement : Crime And Behavioral Patterns

1488 Words Jul 28th, 2015 6 Pages
In the 1990’s during the Simpson trial some of the methods used by law enforcement to track crime and behavioral patterns were through organizations such as The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
The UCR is a reporting program through the FBI and is responsible for tracking crimes that are reported to the police. The program collects information from all over the United States. It is then put into several categories and it is used to compare information from one region to another. There are eight crimes that are reported and categorized. They are: murder, arson, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft (Schmalleger 2015, p.10).
The NCVS collects data from the interviews that they take from members of randomly selected households. This method hopes to gather crimes that have not been reported elsewhere. The information gathered is about the victims, the offenders and the crime. They ask questions in regards to: rape, personal robbery, aggravated and simple assault household burglary and theft and motor vehicle theft just like the NCVS. According to the NCVS about 51% of violent victimization is never reported. However because any person can falsify the information their reporting, researchers say this method cannot accurately depict the right numbers (Schmalleger p.9-10).
The NIBRS is a spinoff created by the UCR program. It offers law…

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