Projects

  • Tribal Lands Crime Data Collection
    Through a cooperative partnership with the Bureua of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureua of Justice Statistics (BJS), and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies, the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) collected tribal crime data over a four year period (2004-2007).  The 2004 - 2007 crime statistics were compiled from 40 Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies in six states including: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  Crime data has been collected on all seven federally recognized tribal agencies in Montana.  The MBCC then analyzed the data and published the results. The 2004 - 2007 report can be accessed at:
    http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/bjs/grants/224132.pdf

    The initial grant has subsequently been extended by BJS to continue this project to collect tribal crime data through 2008.  The most recent report updated with 2008 data should be completed July 2009.  The MBCC’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) has a pending request to continue the data collection through 2009.  

    Another result of the project is informational brochures for each tribal agency in Montana and an aggregate brochure that combines crime data from all of Montana’s tribal agencies.  The aggregate brochure is available at: http://mbcc.mt.gov/PlanProj/projects/aggregdata.pdf.  The brochures contain crime data, demographics, and geographic information. 

    This project has helped to raise awareness to the importance of collecting crime data on tribal lands.  The data has been used by the MBCC and tribal agencies to apply for grants and target resources in a strategic way.  The data has been used during grant writing workshops in Great Falls, Fort Peck, Browning, Crow Agency, and Fort Belknap.  Lastly, the information gathered has been very important in helping the MBCC understand the crime reporting processes in place on Montana’s tribal lands. This project has helped to identify weaknesses in the current crime data collection methods. MBCC is working towards improving the data collection efforts to meet national crime data collection standards to ensure Montana’s tribal agencies qualify for federal grant programs such as the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and others.

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