The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is committed to making data accessible to the public. AJiC created a digital archive of the Alaska Department of Public Safety's Crime in Alaska reports from 1982 through 1999. The archive consists of digitized versions of Crime in Alaska reports that were originally published in hard copy form.

Recognizing the need for national crime statistics, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) developed the foundations in the 1920s for the current UCR program. In June 1930, Congress designated the FBI as the agency authorized to collect, compile, and distribute crime records in an effort to measure the volume of crime in the United States. The UCR program collects monthly information from more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies that voluntarily reporting data on crimes reported to them.

The UCR records data for eight serious crimes (called Part I offenses) and more than twenty less serious offenses (called Part II offenses). Part I offenses include four violent crimes —murder and nonnegligent manslaughter (homicide), forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault —and four property crimes —burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Since 1982, the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) has administered the UCR program for Alaska. DPS collects, tabulates, reports, and publishes UCR data submitted by Alaska law enforcement agencies. As is the case nationally, submitting agencies retain responsibility for the accuracy of the data submitted. While UCR reporting to the FBI is voluntary, AS §12.62.130 requires Alaska law enforcement agencies to submit crime data to DPS.

Digitally published versions of Crime in Alaska reports are available on DPS's UCR Archive web page.

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