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NCJ Number: 97151 Find in a Library
Title: Officers - Victims of Crime - A Study of Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers
Corporate Author: Nebraska Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To obtain more information about assaults on Nebraska law enforcement officers, the Nebraska Crime Commission analyzed 586 assaults reported in the Uniform Crime Reports for 1977-79. Each case, filed as a felony, misdemeanor, or as no complaint, was followed through prosecution to final disposition.
Abstract: There were 532 police agency requests for felony and misdemeanor complaints for assaulting an officer or resisting arrest. Approximately one-third of the assaults were serious enough to warrant medical services. Responding agencies reported a loss of 5,946 manhours costing $46,434 due to assaults during the 3-year period. Agencies requested misdemeanor charges on 64 percent of the assaults. Of the requests for felony charges, approximately half were filed as felonies; 416 (78 percent) cases went to court, and 84 percent resulted in convictions. In those cases in which a felony complaint was requested and filed by the prosecutor, the average fine was $198, average jail sentence 214 days, and average probation period 516 days. When a misdemeanor complaint was requested and filed as such, the average fine was $68, average jail sentence 28 days, and average probation period 354 days. For 54 assaults for which no complaint was requested but resulted in a misdemeanor filing, the average fine was $122, average jail sentence 23 days, and average probation period 401 days. The commission recommends restoration of a statute that treats assault upon a law enforcement officer as a separate and distinct offense. A proposed statute is included. Appendixes contain a review of laws and requests for complaints to be filed.
Index Term(s): Assaults on police; Case processing; Law enforcement costs; Law reform; Nebraska; State supreme courts
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