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FBI Reports that Crime Rates in U.S. Decline

According to the FBI's recent crime report release:

"Reported violent crime in the U.S. dropped 6 percent last year compared with 2009, the fourth consecutive year it has declined, the FBI said today. For the eighth consecutive year, property crimes went down as well-2.7 percent. The report was compiled from data submitted by 18,000 law enforcement agencies, and differs from the Justice Department's victimization survey, which was issued last week and reported a 13 percent drop in violent crime.


In the FBI's report, the largest decrease was robbery, 10.0 percent. Motor vehicle thefts were down 7.4 percent. The most common violent crime was aggravated assault, which accounted for 62.5 percent of the crimes reported last year. Firearms were used in about two thirds of reported murders, 41.4 percent of reported robberies, and 20.6 percent of aggravated assaults." View the full report and release here.


Local Police Officers Employed by a Department that Used In-field Computers, 1990-2007

In 2007 about 9 in 10 local police officers were employed by a department that used in-field computers, compared to 3 in 10 officers in 1990.



Top 101 Cities with the Highest Number of Police Officers

Washington, DC, Honolulu, HI, and Camden, NJ are the TOP 3 cities (greater than 50,000 people) with the highest number of police officers per 1,000 residents. Below are the TOP 20 cities, their population, and number of officers per 1,000 people.