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Uniform Crime Reporting


Content Provider:
Statistics Canada


Length (in hours)
2 hours

Release Date
January 2021

Registration Process Register

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey has produced a continuous historical record of crime and traffic statistics reported by every police agency in Canada since 1962. The data from the UCR Survey serves a critical purpose in policing and provides key information for crime analysis, resource planning, and program development for the policing community.

The Uniform Crime Reporting course instructs on the proper input of data into the UCR Survey, ensuring that it can be effectively used in Statistics Canada’s crime data statistics. In addition to detailing how to complete specific fields within the survey, this course also includes modules specific to Hate Crime Awareness reporting and Organized Crime reporting. Created for sworn police officers and civilian members of police services, this course is designed to replace the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistic’s (at Statistics Canada) traditional classroom training.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) is used to collect crime statistics
  • Recall the purpose of collecting crime statistics
  • Recall the terminology used by the UCR Survey
  • Identify police occurrences as reportable incidents
  • Recognize when multiple violations can be reported as one incident
  • Differentiate between incidents that are founded, unfounded, or unsubstantiated
  • Recall how to complete incident data fields
  • Recall how to complete data fields common to victims and charged suspect/chargeable (CSC)
  • Recall how to complete CSC specific data fields
  • Recall how to complete victim specific data fields
  • Determine the jurisdiction for a fraud incident
  • Recall what is identity information
  • Differentiate identity theft from identity fraud
  • Identify the theft of a credit card as fraud
  • Recall how to report cheque fraud
  • Identify incidents involving computer fraud
  • Identify incidents involving securities fraud
  • Determine how to report various types of fraud
  • Recognize when to report attempted fraud
  • Recall the characteristics of a hate crime
  • Identify the benefits of collecting hate crime statistics
  • Determine when to report an incident as a hate crime
  • Recognize an organized crime group
  • Determine when to report an incident as being linked to organized crime


Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Services, Government and Other First Responders

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics at Statistics Canada.