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NCJ Number: 83999 Find in a Library
Title: Assaults on Police Officers in Iowa, 1980
Corporate Author: Iowa Office for Planning and Programming
Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Iowa Office for Planning and Programming
Des Moines, IA 50319
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 81-133-CX-0009
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report analyzes assaults against law enforcement officers in Iowa which occurred during 1980; location, assault circumstances, weapons used, assignments of assaulted officers, and resultant injuries are considered.
Abstract: Statistics indicate that 82 percent of the assaults on officers occurred in Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, i.e., the counties of Polk/Warren, Johnson, Scott, Dubuque, Black Hawk, Woodbury, Linn, and Pottawattamie. The rate of assault was also highest in these areas. They reported 50.9 assaults for every 100 officers, compared with 13.6 percent per 100 officers in other cities, and 5.2 per 100 officers in rural areas. Few assaults involved weapons other than hands and feet. Of the 1,136 assaults reported during 1980, only 10 involved firearms. Most assaults arose from situations involving an arrest. Disturbance calls accounted for almost 32 percent of the assaults, and arrests for burglary and robbery accounted for another 24 percent of the assaults. The vast majority of the assaults did not result in injury to the officers. In each population category, assaults were most likely to occur between the hours of 6 P.M. and 6 A.M. Clearance rates for assaults on officers were exceptionally high; in 1980, 94 percent of the offenses were cleared by arrest. Uniformed officers, as opposed to plainclothes officers, were most likely to be assaulted. Thirteen tables are provided. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Assaults on police; Crime Statistics; Iowa
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