BCA launches website to view crime data in Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has launched a new tool for people to view and learn more about criminal activity in the state.

The Minnesota Crime Data Explorer allows users to query, filter and sort crime data; view trends in charts and graphs; export graphics and spreadsheets; and more.

The tool is being launched in phases and currently only includes data on firearm discharges, officer use of force and agency participation in crime reporting by type.

Additional data on the following topics will be added in the coming months:

  • Pursuits
  • Bias crimes
  • Human trafficking
  • Offense information
  • Arrest information
  • Drug offense details
  • Domestic violence
  • Law enforcement killed/assaulted in the line of duty
  • Cargo theft
  • Missing person information
  • Crime data separated by Minnesota judicial district

The system contains data going back to the beginning of 2021 except for use-of-force data, which goes back to 2020. Prior years’ data is available in existing annual uniform crime reports published on the BCA website.

Data in the Minnesota Crime Data Explorer will be published quarterly on the last Mondays of January, April, July, and October. Any changes to published data are updated on a daily basis.

“The Minnesota Crime Data Explorer makes crime information available in more dynamic ways than ever before,” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said.

“Quarterly and daily updates are also a dramatic improvement over annual reports that Minnesota has used since the Uniform Crime Reporting program began in Minnesota in 1935.”