Email, Ruben John Vogt, director of Public Policy, Office of the El Paso County Judge, May 23, 2013

12:08 pm

May 23, 2013

As mentioned in our conversation, you wanted additional information which supported a recent statement by the El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar indicating that El Paso is the “safest city of our size in the nation”. Below you will find a few links which might help support that statement.  The information includes links for the City of El Paso, CQ Press, the FBI, and other media sources who have quoted our ranking to include the Austin American Statesman who referenced the CQ Press rankings in regards to Austin and Round Rock.

I hope this serves as helpful.  Have a great day!

City of El Paso Press Release on the ranking:

Contact: Sgt. Chris Mears

Release attached and link below.

http://home.elpasotexas.gov/_documents/press_releases/2013_02_05_145_El%20Paso%20Receives%20Lowest%20Crime%20Ranking%20for%20Third%20Year%20in%20a%20Row~.pdf

CQ Press Information:

2013 Ranking:

http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2012/CityCrime2013_CityCrimeRankingsFactSheet.pdf

CQ Website with how the rankings work, the actual rankings, metro area rankings, etc:

http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2012/cc1213.htm

Link to CQ’s Press Release on the rankings for 2013 (with media contact information):

Contact: Camille Gamboa

Email: camille.gamboa@sagepub.com

Number: 805-410-7441

http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2012/CityCrime2013_PressRelease.pdf

FBI Uniform Crime Report Information:

Link to FBI  Uniform Crime Report website:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/preliminary-semiannual-uniform-crime-report-january-june-2012

Contact Us

Uniform Crime Reports

Criminal Justice Information Services Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation

1000 Custer Hollow Road

Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

For Web assistance, please contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division at (304) 625-4995.

For more information about the UCR Master Files from which this publication was derived and other available UCR data, see UCR Electronic and Hard Copy Data Dissemination Standard Operating Procedures.

To obtain UCR data not presented in this publication, please contact us via e-mail at cjis_comm@leo.gov.

Uniform Crime Reports

The UCR Program, administered by the FBI, began in 1929 and collects information on the following crimes reported to law enforcement authorities: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Law enforcement agencies report arrest data for 21 additional crime categories.

The UCR Program compiles data from monthly law enforcement reports or individual crime incident records transmitted directly to the FBI or to centralized state agencies that then report to the FBI. The Program thoroughly examines each report it receives for reasonableness, accuracy, and deviations that may indicate errors. Large variations in crime levels may indicate modified records procedures, incomplete reporting, or changes in a jurisdiction’s boundaries. To identify any unusual fluctuations in an agency’s crime counts, the Program compares monthly reports to previous submissions of the agency and with those for similar agencies.

The UCR Program presents crime counts for the Nation as a whole, as well as for regions, states, counties, cities, towns, tribal law enforcement, and colleges and universities. This permits studies among neighboring jurisdictions and among those with similar populations and other common characteristics.

The FBI annually publishes its findings in a preliminary release in the spring of the following calendar year, followed by a detailed annual report, Crime in the United States, issued in the fall. In addition to crime counts and trends, this report includes data on crimes cleared, persons arrested (age, sex, and race), law enforcement personnel, and the characteristics of homicides (including age, sex, and race of victims and offenders; victim-offender relationships; weapons used; and circumstances surrounding the homicides). Other periodic reports are also available from the UCR Program.

The state and local law enforcement agencies participating in the UCR Program are continually converting to the more comprehensive and detailed National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The NIBRS provides detailed information about each criminal incident in 22 broad categories of offenses.

Other sources quoting the ranking:

El Paso Times:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_22523903/el-paso-ranked-safest-large-city-u-s

Texas Tribune:

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/05/el-paso-again-ranked-countrys-safest-city/

Texas Monthly:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/el-paso-named-safest-us-city

ABC News:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/secure-border-el-paso/story?id=18611135

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/highlights/02122013_2.xml

Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/2-us-mexico-border-cities_n_2647897.html

Austin American Statesman/speaks to Austin/Round Rock ranking as some of the safest cities given the CQ Press Rankings:

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/study-austin-fourth-safest-city-in-us-round-rock-n/nWFwM

Austin American Statesman/Opinion Section (Jason Stanford):

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/stanford-texans-have-solutions-on-immigration/nWWfC

Ruben John Vogt

Director of Public Policy

County Judge Veronica Escobar

El Paso, TX