Report: Tennessee homicides increase 9.4 percent in 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reporting serious crime was down slightly in 2015 but homicide rates were up.
    
The TBI compiles data from all state law enforcement agencies plus colleges and universities to create its annual report. The 2015 report was released Monday. It found that serious crimes overall in Tennessee were down by about 2 percent. Homicides, though, were up by more than 9 percent. There were 406 reported murders in 2015. Another 16 homicides are listed as negligent manslaughter. Forcible rape reports also increased. They were up by about 2 percent.
    
Several agencies reported some incomplete data, and four had major data problems that caused TBI to list them as decertified from the reporting program, a status that could affect their ability to get state grants.

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