Frequently referred to as The Green Book due to its green cover, the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook is a publication of the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The manual instructs law enforcement officers on the proper method for filling out the monthly Uniform Crime Reports returns for police records and statistics.
The Committee on Uniform Crime Records, established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 1927, published the first version of the manual in 1929. At that time, the manual defined Part I and Part II offenses and well as the Return A – Monthly Return of Offenses Known to the Police. The most recent revision of the manual was published in 2004.
- A history of the UCR program and details on other state-run programs
- General Information
- Definitions, details on the Hierarchy Rule for offenses and details on the Separation of Time and Place Rule
- Classifying Offenses
- Rules for classifying the Part I offenses (see Uniform Crime Reports for information on Part I offenses)
- Scoring Offenses
- Rules for scoring the Part I offenses on the Return A form
- Monthly Reporting Forms and Their Preparation
- A detailed look at each of the nine monthly UCR reports
- Other UCR Program Forms
- Information on optional UCR supplies, such as the tally book and daily log book
- Part II Offenses
- Details on Part II offenses (see Uniform Crime Reports for information on Part II offenses)