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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation releases Statistical Reports “Tennessee Hate Crime” and “Law Enforcement Officers Killed of Assault” for 2012


Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released two annual reports that compile crime statistics reported by individual law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System analyzing the number of reported hate crimes and law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in 2012.

The “Tennessee Hate Crime 2012” report shows a significant increase in the number of bias motivated offenses reported by law enforcement.

2012 Tennessee Bureau of Invstigation Hate Crime Report

However, that increase can be attributed to one agency reporting inflated numbers in the category of unknown bias that should have marked as bias- none.

The most up-to-date statistics should be reflected at

Law enforcement officers killed or assaulted (LEOKA) in 2012 increased more than 3% from the previous year. In 2011, 1,826 LEOKA offenses were reported compared with 1,883 in 2012.

LEOKA 2012 Highlights

  • Of the 229 Tennessee agencies who reported LEOKA incidents for 2012, only one, the Memphis Police Department, reported an officer who was feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • A total of 1,705 LEOKA incidents were cleared resulting in a 90 percent clearance rate. Eighty-nine percent of those incidents were cleared by arrest.
  • The most frequently reported weapon type used was personal weapons (hand, fists, feet) at 64 percent.
  • Firearms were reported being used in offenses committed against officers in nearly 10 percent of the incidents.

Full copies of these reports can be downloaded from the TBI website here. Additional information and updated statistics can be acquired at




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