Standardizing the Display of IBR Data: Drug Offenses - Type of Criminal Activity
The Type of Criminal Activity/Gang Activity data element is captured in the Offense segment. According to the FBI Data Collection Guidelines, this element is used to provide additional information on the criminal activity of the offender(s) in certain incidents:
|250||Counterfeiting/Forgery||39C||Gambling Equipment Violations|
|280||Stolen Property Offenses||370||Pornography/Obscene Material|
|35A||Drug/Narcotic Violations||520||Weapon Law Violations|
|35B||Drug Equipment Violations|
Information on gang involvement is also collected for the following incidents:
|09A||Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter||11C||Sexual Assault with an Object|
|09B||Negligent Manslaughter||11D||Forcible Fondling|
Up to 3 entries can be made and there are either 8 or 3 allowable entries, depending on the offense reported. For offenses requiring criminal activity information, the entries are:
For offenses requiring gang information, the entries are:
Data Quality Issues
Since two different sets of offenses are collecting information in a single data element, it is possible that an inappropriate code is entered for one set or the other.
To check this, select each set of offenses, then create simple frequency tables of the reported Type of Criminal Activity/Gang Information. The first table shows the reported criminal activity for the first set of offenses, while the second table shows the reported activity for the second set. Although a little over half of the gang involvement offenses did not report the Type of Criminal Activity, each table shows that the appropriate codes are being reported.