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Sept 22 -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked OMB to approve the continued collection of Age, Sex, Race, and Ethnicity of Persons Arrested Under 18 Years of Age and Age, Sex, Race (Juvenile ASRE) and Ethnicity of Persons Arrested 18 Years of Age and Over (Adult ASRE) through 2023. OMB will accept public comments, including proposed terms of clearance, through October 26, 2020.
 
This collection requests the number of arrests from federal, state, county, city, and tribal law enforcement agencies in order for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program to obtain ASRE data in furtherance of serving as the national clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of criminal statistics and to publish this data in Crime in the United States.  
 
The collection of UCR crime data begins at the local agency level when the law enforcement officers submit administrative and operational data to record management personnel from hardcopy or electronic incident reports.  The local agency record managers then compile the crime data and submit it to their state UCR programs. Many state UCR programs have a centralized repository and have established electronic communications with the LEAs throughout their state, as well as the FBI UCR Program. ASRE data are collected/received from the FBI UCR Program participants on a monthly basis.  Monthly reports/submissions should be received at the FBI by the seventh day after the close of each month.
 
Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) use UCR data to track crime, task force placement, staffing levels, and officer placement. The UCR data is used for administration, operation, management, and to determine effectiveness of task forces. Agencies will justify staffing levels and officer counts compared to other LEAs in order to receive additional staffing levels or equipment. Some agencies use other agencies’ crime statistics and staffing levels to justify their own crime statistics and staffing levels in order to obtain funding.   
 
In 2019, 9,454 LEAs voluntarily participated in the FBI UCR Program.  Out of those agencies that voluntarily participate in the FBI UCR Program, approximately 8,054 reported 1-12 months of arrest data to the FBI UCR Program, leaving 14.8 percent of LEAs not reporting any arrest data. LEAs consist of federal, state, county, city, and tribal agencies that correlate to all population group sizes and have many diverse attributes.   
 
With the increasing demand for timely data, the FBI UCR Program has established a task force comprised of the Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting representatives and the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division’s Crime Statistics Management Unit (CSMU). The task force convened to discuss risks, issues, and options that are currently available for reporting timely data and will be providing recommendations for receiving timely crime data in the near future.

ASRE tables:  https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/persons-arrested
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202007-1110-002  Click on IC List for survey instrument, View Supporting Statement for narrative on uses, methods, and schedule.
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/22/2020-20816/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-ecollection-ecomments-requested-extension-without   (Note: This FRN has multiple incorrect references to a 60-day comment period. Submissions to OMB allow 30 days for comment.)
 
Point of contact: Trudy Lou Ford, Global Law Enforcement Support Section (GLESS) Chief  tlford@fbi.gov  304-625-3690
 
For AEA members wishing to provide comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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