KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey of the Eastern District of Tennessee announced today that Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been awarded $79,180 in Department of Justice grants for State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers.
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state’s capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state Office of Justice Programs.
“Successful strategies to target, reduce and prevent crime through statistical data are extremely resource intensive. Crime statistics can be a tool in helping criminal justice professionals anticipate increased risk of crime. This grant will help address crime at various levels. The responsibility for fighting crime and violence belongs to agencies at every level, and statistical analysis, when properly and professionally done, enhances our ability to deploy our collective resources wisely and effectively,” said U.S. Attorney Overbey.
The Tennessee Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) located within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), was established by Executive Order and mandated by legislation to act as a clearinghouse for statewide criminal justice statistics and to operate the statewide Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The broad goals of the SAC are: 1) act as a central coordination point for federal support, with technical assistance available to help criminal justice agencies in the statistical analysis process; 2) coordinate the flow and exchange of information statistics for all criminal justice agencies in the state; 3) locate, utilize, and coordinate resource personnel to provide expertise to criminal justice agencies on developments in criminal justice statistics and to assist these agencies in the development of public policy; and, 4) continue to design, create, and coordinate the development and management of databases for statistical information for both state and local criminal justice agencies and policymakers to improve the decision making process. The SAC continues to operate under the supervision of a Director with assistance from eight support specialists from TBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Support Center.
Under this award, the Tennessee Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will conduct activities under the following Core Capacity area: Increasing access to statistical data. The SAC is proposing an 18-month project to improve the quality and timeliness of reports, improve.