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Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Arrests by Age, Sex, and Race for Police Agencies in Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 1960-1997 (ICPSR 2538) RSS

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These data provide information on the number of arrests reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program each year by police agencies in metropolitan statistical areas. Although not as well known as the "Crimes Known to the Police" data drawn from the Uniform Crime Report's Return A form, the arrest reports by age, sex, and race provide valuable data on 43 offenses. For this collection, the arrests reported by each agency were summarized for each of the years 1960 through 1997, and the original Uniform Crime Reports data were restructured to create two separate files for each year, a header record and a detail record. Header files can be linked to detail files by the originating agency identifier (ORI). Other variables that are common to both types of files are state, census group, year, division, and metropolitan statistical agency (MSA). The header datasets also include the agency name and the population covered. The detail files also contain the offense code and the age, sex, and race of the arrestees.

Series: Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data Series

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WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Header File for 1960 - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
DS2:  Detail File for 1960 - Download All Files (27.7 MB)
DS3:  Header File for 1961 - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
DS4:  Detail File for 1961 - Download All Files (31.3 MB)
DS5:  Header File for 1962 - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
DS6:  Detail File for 1962 - Download All Files (33.2 MB)
DS7:  Header File for 1963 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS8:  Detail File for 1963 - Download All Files (35.7 MB)
DS9:  Header File for 1964 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS10:  Detail File for 1964 - Download All Files (45.6 MB)
DS11:  Header File for 1965 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS12:  Detail File for 1965 - Download All Files (48 MB)
DS13:  Header File for 1966 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS14:  Detail File for 1966 - Download All Files (49.5 MB)
DS15:  Header File for 1967 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS16:  Detail File for 1967 - Download All Files (55.8 MB)
DS17:  Header File for 1968 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS18:  Detail File for 1968 - Download All Files (58.1 MB)
DS19:  Header File for 1969 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS20:  Detail File for 1969 - Download All Files (61.2 MB)
DS21:  Header File for 1970 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS22:  Detail File for 1970 - Download All Files (67.7 MB)
DS23:  Header File for 1971 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS24:  Detail File for 1971 - Download All Files (76.7 MB)
DS25:  Header File for 1972 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS26:  Detail File for 1972 - Download All Files (82.1 MB)
DS27:  Header File for 1973 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS28:  Detail File for 1973 - Download All Files (86.4 MB)
DS29:  Header File for 1974 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS30:  Detail File for 1974 - Download All Files (112.6 MB)
DS31:  Header File for 1975 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS32:  Detail File for 1975 - Download All Files (125.2 MB)
DS33:  Header File for 1976 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS34:  Detail File for 1976 - Download All Files (145.7 MB)
DS35:  Header File for 1977 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS36:  Detail File for 1977 - Download All Files (153.7 MB) large dataset
DS37:  Header File for 1978 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS38:  Detail File for 1978 - Download All Files (157.6 MB) large dataset
DS39:  Header File for 1979 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS40:  Detail File for 1979 - Download All Files (161.4 MB) large dataset
DS41:  Header File for 1980 - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS42:  Detail File for 1980 - Download All Files (158.9 MB) large dataset
DS43:  Header File for 1981 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS44:  Detail File for 1981 - Download All Files (170.7 MB) large dataset
DS45:  Header File for 1982 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS46:  Detail File for 1982 - Download All Files (169.6 MB) large dataset
DS47:  Header File for 1983 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS48:  Detail File for 1983 - Download All Files (174.1 MB) large dataset
DS49:  Header File for 1984 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS50:  Detail File for 1984 - Download All Files (177.1 MB) large dataset
DS51:  Header File for 1985 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS52:  Detail File for 1985 - Download All Files (176.5 MB) large dataset
DS53:  Header File for 1986 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS54:  Detail File for 1986 - Download All Files (180.1 MB) large dataset
DS55:  Header File for 1987 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS56:  Detail File for 1987 - Download All Files (178.6 MB) large dataset
DS57:  Header File for 1988 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS58:  Detail File for 1988 - Download All Files (169.7 MB) large dataset
DS59:  Header File for 1989 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS60:  Detail File for 1989 - Download All Files (176.9 MB) large dataset
DS61:  Header File for 1990 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS62:  Detail File for 1990 - Download All Files (180.5 MB) large dataset
DS63:  Header File for 1991 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS64:  Detail File for 1991 - Download All Files (178.2 MB) large dataset
DS65:  Header File for 1992 - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS66:  Detail File for 1992 - Download All Files (191.9 MB) large dataset
DS67:  Header File for 1993 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS68:  Detail File for 1993 - Download All Files (178.3 MB) large dataset
DS69:  Header File for 1994 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS70:  Detail File for 1994 - Download All Files (184.5 MB) large dataset
DS71:  Header File for 1995 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS72:  Detail File for 1995 - Download All Files (183.8 MB) large dataset
DS73:  Header File for 1996 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS74:  Detail File for 1996 - Download All Files (175.8 MB) large dataset
DS75:  Header File for 1997 - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS76:  Detail File for 1997 - Download All Files (153.1 MB) large dataset

Study Description


Chilton, Roland, and Dee Weber. Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Arrests by Age, Sex, and Race for Police Agencies in Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 1960-1997. ICPSR02538-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02538.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arrest records, arrests, crime rates, crime reporting, crime statistics, drug abuse, illegal gambling, larceny, law enforcement, offenses, Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1960--1997

Date of Collection:  

  • 1960--1997

Universe:   Arrests reported by cooperating police agencies in metropolitan statistical areas in the United States from January 1960 through December 1997.

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Starting in 1974, the data were provided monthly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by local law enforcement agencies participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. These monthly data were summarized by the UCR section to produce yearly arrest totals for each agency. Prior to 1974, local police agencies submitted annual, rather than monthly, summary reports of arrests by age, sex, and race. (2) Data for 1960-1972 were given to the principal investigator in 1976. Additional datasets for specific years were provided over the following 19 years. In 1996, through a cooperative arrangement between ICPSR, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, data were provided for the following years: 1973, 1977, 1979, 1981-1984, 1986-1989, 1991-1992, and 1994. (3) Because the data layout changed slightly in 1980, the data were restructured and reformatted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1996 and 1997. All datasets now have the same layout, with pre-1980 codes and codes for 1980 and beyond clearly indicated. (4) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

self-enumerated forms

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB2538.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 2000-11-15 Header and Detail files (Parts 73-76) have been added to this collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements. Also, the codebook has been updated.

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