NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual statistical studies on the state of hate crime and law enforcement officers targeted for violence while on duty.

Both studies center on data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

Among the findings of “Hate Crime 2014”:

  • In 2014, Tennessee law enforcement departments reported 340 victims of 295 bias-motivated incidents in Tennessee, which represents a 2.6% decrease in the number of victims since 2013.
  • The number of victims indicated in offenses possessing a ‘Religious Bias’ increased from eight victims in 2013 to 21 in 2014.
  • 42 victims and 43 offenders of the reported 2014 hate crimes were juveniles.

Among the findings of “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted 2014”:

  • Tennessee’s law enforcement departments reported 1,704 victims in 1,378 incidents in 2014, which represents a 7.7% decrease in the number of reported victims.
  • In 2014, there were no officers reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • The most frequently reported offense was Simple Assault, at 57.1%.
  • ‘Responding to Disturbance Calls’ accounted for 30% of all activity types which led to these incidents.

The reports are available for review on the TBI’s website: http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.
           

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