The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
CRIMINAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

URGING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OFFICIAL SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND RELEASE OF CRIME DATA

WHEREAS, crime data is gathered annually by American cities and reported to the FBI; and

WHEREAS, the FBI annually repackages the data from American cities and re-releases them; and

WHEREAS, private interests take that data and misuse it to mislead the American people about the safety of American cities; and

WHEREAS, the Conference believes strongly that cities should count crime accurately and uniformly in order to give mayors the needed information to reduce crime in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the Conference believes the uniform collection and reporting of crime data to the FBI benefits the country; and

WHEREAS, mayors are convinced that the inaccurate reporting of cities' crime data by unofficial and unreliable sources damages cities, unnecessarily alarms residents and visitors, and hurts efforts to attract new investment; and

WHEREAS, the Conference realizes that it would be in the best interest of all cities to have this data presented in a fair and accurate manner by an official authoritative source, NOW,

THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division to work with the Conference to develop a joint working group to establish a new system for the management and release of crime data, and to educate reporters, elected officials, and citizens on what the data means and doesn't mean.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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