The Marshall Project, which reports on criminal justice issues, notes that national crime statistics — sure to be demagogued by politicians — aren’t particularly reliable because only 40 percent of police agencies reported crime data to the FBI after the transition to a new reporting system in 2021.
Arkansas, as you might expect, does worse than most.
In 35% of law enforcement agencies reported a full year of crime data to the FBI.
107 out of 307 law enforcement agencies in Arkansas successfully submitted data to the FBI for all 12 months of 2021. The agencies that reported their full-year crime stats represent roughly 1 in 2 people in the state.
35 states and the Dictrict of Columbia had higher reporting rates than Arkansas.
268 out of 307 law enforcement agencies in Arkansas successfully submitted any data to the FBI in 2021.
In Arkansas, the law enforcement agency with the largest jurisdiction that did not report 12 months of crime data to the FBI is the Springdale Police Department, which did not report any data in 2021. According to the FBI, 85,000 people live under its jurisdiction, which represent 3% of people living in the state.
Little Rock fully reported its data as did Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville and North Little Rock.