Animal Cruelty Reporting: What Law Enforcement and Justice Professionals Need to Know
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) added animal cruelty as a separate crime under Group A of the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), effective January 2016. This workshop describes the process by which that happened, the rationale for adding it to the FBI’s crime database, and a detailed explanation of how to enter animal cruelty information on the incident reporting form. Case examples will be offered so that participants can get a sense of how to report information under various circumstances.
- understand the rationale for, and implications of, adding animal cruelty to Group A of NIBRS.
- learn the code used for reporting animal cruelty, as well as the four subcategories and feel comfortable being able to apply them to various situations.
- appreciate the importance of reporting animal cruelty crimes.