Background: Post Falls Police Department participates in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The program’s primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management while providing uniform crime statistics gathered from participating law enforcement agencies across our country.
Through NIBRS, agencies submit data on each reported offense and arrest within 23 offense categories made up of 49 specific crimes called Group A offenses. Plus, arrest data is submitted for an additional 10 categories called Group B offenses.
Crimes Against Persons (Group A)
- Negligent Manslaughter
- Aggravated Assault (weapon or threat of weapon)
- Simple Assault (no weapon)
- Intimidation (includes harassment and stalking)
- Sexual Assault with Object
- Statutory Rape
Crimes Against Property (Group A)
- Burglary (residential and nonresidential)
- Larceny (includes shoplifting)
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Vandalism (includes graffiti)
- Stolen Property
Crimes Against Society (Group A)
- Drug/Narcotic Violations
- Drug Equipment Violations (includes paraphernalia)
- Weapon Law Violations (such as unlawful possession and possession while intoxicated)
Group B Offenses (reported only if an arrest made)
- Bad Checks
- Disorderly Conduct
- Family Nonviolent Offenses (includes nonviolent child abuse and neglect)
- Liquor Law Violations
- Peeping Tom
- Runaways (under age 18) (noncriminal offense however agencies may opt to report)
- All Other Offenses (includes numerous other offenses reported only if an arrest was made)
Comparable Analysis for 2015/2014: Within Post Falls Police Department’s jurisdiction, the total offenses reported, 1, 707, and total arrests, 1, 172, were both down in 2015 compared to last year. Total offenses decreased by 7.4 percent while total arrests dropped by 2.1 percent. The department’s clearance rate improved by 7.8 percent. An arrest (custody, citation, or summons) or exceptional means (such as uncooperative victim) constitutes a cleared incident regardless of the prosecutorial outcome. In 2015, five of our officers were assaulted, and there were no reported hate crime incidents.
For the past several years, our department’s annual crime report consistently indicates the same top offenses to include larceny, vandalism, simple assault, drug/narcotic, drug equipment, burglary, and driving under the influence (DUI). Larceny has eight additional categories to differentiate the type of theft. For Post Falls in 2015, shoplifting, general theft, and theft from a motor vehicle are the top offenses.
Although vandalism, larceny, burglary, drug equipment, and DUI are among our city’s top crime categories, in 2015 there was a decrease in their individual statistics. Vandalism was 232 and now 222. Larceny was 674 and now 608. Burglary dropped from 127 to 107. Drug equipment decreased from 152 to 144 while DUI arrests declined from 109 to 103 in 2015.
Crimes against persons and property decreased by 15.4 percent collectively. Crimes against property dropped significantly by 13.1 percent. Crimes against society increased to just over 10 percent. This was the result of increased drug/narcotic reports. Plus, weapon law violations spiked from 16 to 43 incidents due to a BB gun vandalism spree throughout a residential neighborhood at the end of May 2015.
Post Falls Police submits crime data monthly to the Idaho State Police. Annually, ISP publishes year-end crime reports and other criminal statistics and analysis information to their website at https://www.isp.idaho.gov/BCI/ucr/crimeinidaho2014.html