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NCJ Number: 48818 Find in a Library
Title: ARE FEDERAL PROGRAMS ADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH ARSON PROBLEMS?
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Comptroller General
Washington, DC 20548
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REPORT EXAMINES THE NEED FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ARSON DETECTION TECHNIQUES, ARSON INVESTIGATOR AND PROSECUTOR TRAINING, AND FUNDING FOR ARSON PREVENTION PROGRAMS.
Abstract: ARSON IS DEFINED AS THE ACT OF BURNING PROPERTY FOR AN IMPROPER PURPOSE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO PROVE ARSON BECAUSE EVIDENCE IS USUALLY DESTROYED IN THE FIRE AND NORMALLY THERE ARE NO WITNESSES. MOTIVES FOR COMMITTING ARSON INCLUDE JEALOUSY; SPITE; OR A DESIRE TO PROFIT, CONCEAL CRIME, VANDALIZE, GET REVENGE, OR INTIMIDATE. PYROMANIACS OFTEN COMMIT ACTS OF ARSON. THE NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ADMINISTRATION, CREATED BY THE FEDERAL FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ACT OF 1974, HAS EMERGED AS THE FEDERAL FOCAL POINT FOR FUNDING ARSON INTERVENTION PROGRAMS IN STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE ADMINISTRATION'S ROLE IS TO REDUCE ARSON THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING, RESEARCH, PUBLIC INFORMATION, AND DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS. WHILE THERE ARE NO FEDERAL PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED AT FUNDING STATE AND LOCAL ARSON INVESTIGATORS AND PROSECUTORS, THE LEAA GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS INCLUDE FUNDS FOR ARSON-RELATED ACTIVITIES. AS PART OF THE OVERALL TRAINING OF ITS AGENTS, THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND FIREARMS COVERS FIRE BOMBING METHODS, BOMB SCENE SEARCHES AND INVESTIGATIONS, AND THE RECOGNITION OF INCENDIARY DEVICES. THE FIRE RESEARCH CENTER HAS STUDIED PSYCHOLOGICAL MOTIVATIONS OF ARSONISTS. WITHIN THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ARSON INVESTIGATION IS NOT A HIGH PRIORITY. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING BE DEVELOPED: FEDERAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ON ARSON DETECTION TECHNIQUES AND EQUIPMENT, ARSON INVESTIGATOR AND PROSECUTOR TRAINING COURSES AND PLANS FOR ARSON DETENTION. APPENDIXES CONTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESEARCH NEEDS RELEVANT TO THE PREVENTION OF ARSON AND ON FEDERAL GRANTS AND PROGRAMS PERTAINING TO ARSON DETECTION AND PREVENTION. (DEP) (DEP)
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson investigation training; Federal aid; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal government; Federal programs; Funding sources; Grants or contracts; Incendiary devices; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Program financing; Property crimes; Prosecutor training; Research and development; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Note: REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES
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