Data is collected by law enforcement agencies within the United States and submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigations for tracking purposes. These numbers are used by analysts at the FBI to indicate trends in crime and to possibly develop alternative policing methods. A statistician can manipulate numbers to show what they feel is relevant, but aside from just being numbers in a spreadsheet it allows police forces to determine the trends within their respective communities. According to Puzzanchera (2009) ?In 2008, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 2.11 million arrests of persons younger than age 18? (p. 1).The report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice shows that overall there is a downward trend among juvenile offenders during the year 2008.
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