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To record all incidents reported or becoming known to police which require some police action for investigative and intelligence purposes.
COPS is an operational database used by the NSW Police Force to record information relevant to all victims, offenders and incidents that are reported to police or come to police attention. Unit record data is extracted for BOCSAR which produces quarterly statistics.
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Within COPS, family and domestic violence is indicated in an incident where police enter “associated factor = DV Related”. A family/domestic relationship is indicated by the use of a flag and information in the ‘relationship’ field.
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured included are:
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
The summary table below is designed to indicate the amount of information available for each of the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0). This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS about the data collected and is not an indication of data quality.
The following tables provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data items have been grouped into four counting units:
3. Incident/Event; and
Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.
Please note: This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
Police officers enter records directly onto COPS whenever a matter is reported to or otherwise becomes known to police.
SCOPE / TARGET POPULATION
All persons involved in incidents – person reporting, victim, witness, suspect/alleged offender.
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
NSW Recorded Crime Statistics
Collection commenced: 4 April 1994
Break in series: no
Other details: n/a
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
Justicelink, New South Wales
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