Studies detail increases in Hate Crime, Violence Impacting Law Enforcement Officers

TBI Report

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two publications earlier this month, detailing the volume and nature of hate crime in Tennessee and violence directed toward the state’s law enforcement officers.

Among the findings
of ‘Tennessee
Hate Crime 2018’:

•Overall, the number of incidents indicated as bias-motivated increased by 1.0 percent.

•Property-crime related offenses accounted for 24.9 percent, with the remainder of bias-motivated crimes being those designated as being ‘Crimes Against Persons.’

•Assault offenses were the most frequently reported bias-motivated offenses in 2018.

•Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry bias was the most frequently reported known bias in 2018 at 55.6 percent, with Anti-Black/African-American comprising 31.6 percent of the total reported number of hate crime.
Among the findings of ‘Law Enforcement
Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2018’:

•In 2018, there were a total of 2,313 LEOKA victims reported across Tennessee.

•The number of reported LEOKA offenses increased by 27.6 percent from 2015 to 2018.

•The most frequently reported offense was Simple Assault, at 55.8 percent.

“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 that continues to give our state helpful insight on the volume and nature of crime.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was born as a result of a highly-publicized murder in Greene County in December of 1949. The heinous crime aroused the emotions of citizens throughout the region. In an address to the Tennessee Press Association in January of 1951, John M. Jones, Sr., publisher of the Greeneville Sun, called for the creation of an unbiased state agency to assist local law enforcement in the investigation of serious crimes.
On March 14, 1951, Governor Gordon Browning signed a bill into law establishing the Tennessee Bureau of Criminal Identification (TBCI) as the “plainclothes” division of the Department of Safety. On March 27, 1980, following a series of legislative hearings, the organization was re-established as an independent agency and renamed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
Since that time, the Bureau has grown significantly, and continues to meet the demands of providing up-to-date investigative, forensic science, and support to Tennessee’s entire criminal justice system. The TBI takes pride in the fact that it has evolved over the years into a respected law enforcement organization with dedicated, professional employees.
Both reports are available for review and download on the TBI’s website: https://www.tn.gov/tbi/divisions/cjis-division/recent-publications.html.