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Published: June 18, 2019


THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION RECENTLY RELEASED TWO REPORTS, DETAILING THE VOLUME AND NATURE OF CRIME IDENTIFIED AS HATE CRIME AND VIOLENCE AGAINST THE STATE’S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE ANNUAL STUDIES COMPILE CRIME DATA SUBMITTED TO TBI BY THE STATE’S LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THROUGH THE TENNESSEE INCIDENT BASED REPORTING SYSTEM. AMONG THE FINDINGS FROM TENNESSEE HATE CRIME 2018 SHOWS OVERALL THE NUMBER OF OFFENSES IN WHICH THE BIAS WAS KNOWN INCREASED BY 1 PERCENT WITH PROPERTY CRIME RELATED OFFENSES ACCOUNTING FOR 24.9 PERCENT AND THE REMAINDER BEING DESIGNATED AT CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS. ASSAULT OFFENSES WERE THE MOST FREQUENTLY REPORTED BIAS MOTIVATED OFFENSE. AMONG THE FINDINGS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED OR ASSAULTED IN 2018, THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS INCREASED 27.6 PERCENT FROM 2015 TO 2018. THE MOST FREQUENTLY REPORTED OFFENSE WAS SIMPLE ASSAULT AT 55.8 PERCENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE REPORTS GO TO T-N DOT GOV SLASH T-B-I.