Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Archive for the tag “Other Crime”

Uniform Crime Statistics (National)

Uniform Crime Statistics (National) – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find tables of murder by relationship?
  • How many arson cases were there in Pittsburgh in 2012?
  • How has the number of aggravated assaults in Alaska varied from 1960 through 2012?
  • How many police officers did Los Angeles have in 1990?


From the website:

Crime in the U.S. is the most comprehensive analysis of violent crime and property crime in the nation. The annual publication compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and many cities and counties. It also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data.

This set of reports can be helpful in establishing the level of crime in the local of your story.


FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How do police handle hostage situations?
  • How does law enforcement view “sovereign citizens?”
  • Where can I learn more about school violence?


Monthly publication of articles related to law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels. Good for obtaining background. Each December issue has a subject index for that year. Interesting articles published in 2011 included:

  • “Police Corruption: An Analytical Look into Police Ethics,” Rich Martin, May, p. 11.
  • “Searches of Motor Vehicles Incident to Arrest in a Post-Gant World,” Kenneth A. Myers, April, p. 24.
  • “Police Negotiations with War Veterans: Seeing Through the Residual Fog of War,” Douglas Etter, Liane B. McCarthy, and Michael J. Asken, July, p. 1.
  • “Ingesting Poison: Adapting to Exposure to Child Pornography,” Nicole Cruz, October, p. 7
  • “The Hosam Smadi Case: An Example of Success,” Thomas D. Petrowski, Michael W. Howell, David W. Marshall, and Sheeren Zaidi, September, p. 12.
  • “Sovereign Citizens: A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement,” FBI Counterterrorism Analysis Section, September, p. 20.

The journal appears to have ceased in June 2013. But there is still a lot for writers to mine.

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