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TBI study hopes to help fight school crime

By Tamas Mondovics
Editor

That crime exists there is no doubt. Sadly crime in schools only adds to the reality of the times and the necessity of the local law enforcement agencies’ ever-increasing involvement in assisting school administrations across the nation.The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI recently released a new study, detailing the volume and nature of crime on K-12 campuses across the state.

“This study will hopefully assist law enforcement, school administrations, and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and continue to create awareness that crime exists as a threat to our communities,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn.

The annual report compiles three years of crime data submitted to TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).According to the report from 2015 to 2017, a total of 27,038 offenses were reported by Tennessee law enforcement agencies with a ‘School’ location code.Additional statistics included the number of offenses occurring in school, which has increased 13.5percent, from 8,494 offenses in 2015 to 9,642 in 2017.
The most frequently reported offense is Simple Assault; accounting for a third of reported incidents, while the month of September had the highest frequency of reported school crimes.

Perhaps not surprising many, while males accounted for 57.3% of offenders in reported offenses, females accounted for 52.8% of victims. The most common weapon type was ‘Personal Weapons (Hands, Fist, Feet, Etc.),’ at 80.1percent.

“The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens, as well as law enforcement agencies,” Gwyn said.

As for the above data, the Bureau cautions against comparing one jurisdiction to another. TBI officials added that the factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate. The full report is available for review and download on the TBI’s website: www.tn.gov/tbi.