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Violent Crime Rate Up, Again

There was a sharp increase in violent crimes according to the final statistics for 1990 gathered by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI reported murder and rape rates increased 9 percent last year, and robbery and aggravated assault rose 11 percent. The murder count reached an all-time high of 23,438.

The report said 49 percent of the murder victims were white, and 49 percent were black. More than half were related to or acquainted with their assailants. About one third of the murders resulted from arguments, and about one-fifth were the result of criminal activity such as robbery or arson. Firearms were the weapons used in about 60 percent of the murders.

The UCR also includes figures about law enforcement personnel. In 1990, city, county, and state police agencies reported employing more than 523,000 officers and about 191,000 civilians. On average, there were 2.2 full-time officers per 1,000 residents, up from 2.1 officers per 1,000 in 1989.

The number of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty last year was 65, the lowest figure since the FBI began collecting that statistic in the late 1960s. Sixty-seven cops were killed accidentally while performing official duties.

From: Criminal Justice Newsletter

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