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RURAL Arson Control

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Arson Control Expert Concurrence

Agree 24

Disagree 0

Solution Options:

Investigators consulted during field interviews suggested the following as helpful to closer working relationships with law enforcement resources:

Crediting the “collar” to a police agency; Ensuring that the media spotlight other agencies that have contributed to a successful investigation; Extending many small courtesies (inviting crime scene technicians to arson investigator meetings,. sending Christmas cards, buying donuts etc.); Receiving training outside ones own discipline (fire classes for law en- forcement officers and vice versa); Exchanging intelligence.

Improve Accuracy in Uniform Crime Reports

Need Statement:

Greater accuracy and uniformity is needed in the completion of Uniform Crime Report (UCR) forms.

Discussion:

Agencies often unknowingly mis-report arson data to the UCR system. Many factors contribute to this situation. Rural areas face special problems in complete and accurate reporting. Among those problems observed were state and local law enforcement agencies failing to work out agreed procedures for reporting arson incidents, volunteer fire departments failing to report incidents of arson to a state or local law enforcement agency, and local law enforcement agencies only tallying those arson incidents in which its own officer filed an initial complaint.

because arson is handled as a special reporting task with its own form, it is frequently assigned to personnel outside the normal UCR reporting system. These individuals may have none of the training, reference materials, or editing checks that those responsible for UCR reporting may have. If improved occurrence in UCR reporting of rural arson incidents is desired, additional efforts will be needed.

Arson Agree 24

Control Expert Concurrence

Disagree

0

No

Comment

2

Solution Options:

Simplify UCR reporting practices by making property classifications identical

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