Crime in schools across Tennessee was down in 2011, according to a new report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The 33-page report, compiled by the TBI's Crime Statistics Unit, is based upon crime information for public and private school systems submitted to the agency by law enforcement departments between 2009 and 2011. Colleges, universities and technical schools are not included in the summary.
Despite a total of 12,435 offenses being recorded in Tennessee schools last year, crime in 2011 decreased 5 percent from 2010. The most frequently reported offense—simple assault—also decreased 6.2 percent from 2010, with a total of 4,593 incidents reported.
Overall, the numbers of reported school crimes have dropped each year, for a total decrease of 9.1 percent since 2009. Drug and narcotic offenses have remained fairly constant during that time period, with no change between 2009 and 2010 and a 3.6 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011.
Crime statistics for specific school systems such as Hamilton County were not provided.
To read the full report, click here.