Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 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 (TIBRS).
- Overall, the number of offenses in which the bias was known decreased approximately 32% from 2015 to 2016.
- Males (53.7%) were victimized at a higher rate than females (46.3%).
- Simple Assault was the most frequently reported bias-motivated offense in 2016, with 63 victims or 33.5% of hate crime victims.
- 9% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.
- The number of LEOKA victims increased slightly, by 1.3 % year-to-year, with 1,808 victims reported in 2015.
- In 2015, there were two Law Enforcement Officer reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
- The most frequently reported LEOKA offense was Simple Assault at 54.8%.
As with all of its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate.
Both reports are currently available for review on the TBI’s website: www.tn.gov/tbi.