Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Releases Two New Crime Publications


Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, Tennessee – Today, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Center for Statistical Analysis released two new publications, one detailing the volume and nature of hate crimes in Tennessee, and the other detailing violence directed against state law enforcement agents.

Among the findings of “Tennessee Hate Crime 2020”:

  • The number of offense categories with known biased motivation fell from 113 in 2019 to 118 in 2020, but decreased from the total of 168 in 2018.
  • Bias motivated offenses classified as crimes against persons accounted for 80% of all hate crimes in 2020.
  • Among reported bias crimes against individuals, bias related to race / ethnicity / ancestry accounted for 67.5% of reportable incidents, while the second most frequently reported bias was bias against people. sexual orientation, accounting for 20%.

Among the conclusions of “Law enforcement officers killed or assaulted (LEOKA) 2020”:

  • The total number of LEOKA incidents reported decreased by 4.3% between 2019 and 2020.
  • The offense of simple assault continues to be the highest reported LEOKA offense, with a total of 1,293 in 2020.
  • No LEOKA murders were reported in 2020.

“I am very proud of the efforts of all participating law enforcement agencies to provide the data necessary to produce these reports,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “Our combined efforts have resulted in a successful program which continues to provide our state with useful information on the volume and nature of crime.”

Both reports can be viewed and downloaded from the TBI website: https://www.tn.gov/tbi/divisions/cjis-division/recent-publications.html.

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