State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to Utah.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,595,917
Justice Assistance Grant Program—13 Local Awards $738,161
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $370,850

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
State of Utah 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 2014 Utah JAG Program $1,595,917

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Layton 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2015 Layton City and Davis County Equipment Grant $16,221
City of Midvale 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2015 Midvale City Police equipment update $18,821
City of Murray 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 First Responder In-Car Digital Cameras Project $31,878
City of Ogden 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 2014 Local JAG $60,816
City of Provo 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 Provo 2014 JAG $28,430
City of Salt Lake 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 Salt Lake Area JAG Project $315,895
City of Sandy 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2015 Sandy City Police Department Equipment Improvement Program $24,643
City of South Salt Lake 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 South Salt Lake Police Department Body Camera Project $33,460
City of St. George 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Equipment Project $18,143
City of Taylorsville 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 City of Taylorsville Law Enforcement Program $35,495
City of West Jordan 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 Precise Performance $38,491
City of West Valley 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 Operations Enhancements $102,077
Tooele City Corporation 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2015 Improving the Quality and Accountability of Police Services to Citizens in Tooele City, Utah $13,791

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
State of Utah 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2017 Utah FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $69,974
State of Utah 08/01/2012 - 09/30/2015 Utah 2014 JAG/Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Project $269,005
Utah Office of Attorney General 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 Utah FY 14 John R. Justice Program $31,871

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 101

Sworn Officers: 3,236

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 86% of the 101 law enforcement agencies in Utah have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 45% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Police employee data were not received from the State Police/Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety for the state. Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 4 officers were feloniously killed (1 in 2013) and 5 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 242 officers were assaulted (0.49% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Utah:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 5,876 6,498 10.6
Murder and Manslaughter 50 49 -2.0
Forcible Rape* 943 2,416 N/A
Robbery 1,100 1,243 13.0
Aggravated Assault 3,783 3,784 0.02
Property Crime 85,424 85,586 0.2
Burglary 12,943 13,333 3.0
Larceny-Theft 66,482 64,788 -2.5
Motor Vehicle Theft 5,999 7,465 24.4
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (131,389) increased 12.12% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 0.93% (2,064), and property-related arrests decreased 6.40% (18,253).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Justice Court; Juvenile Court


Prisoner Admissions: 3,094
Prisoner Releases: 2,988
Total Prisoners: 7,075

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 2

Source: Utah Department of Corrections

Recidivism Rate*: 46.0%

Source: Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
*A recidivist is an inmate released from state prison who returns within 3 years.

Top Offenses: Possession/use of controlled substance, theft, possession w/intent to distribute controlled substance (FY 2013)

Source: Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves Utah. There are 136 Utah criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Utah


In Utah, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Utah Employment Placement Project. Serving Utah, Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber counties, the vocational rehabilitation program works with ex-offenders on parole or probation. By providing this population with a focused and comprehensive case management-based vocational program, the Utah Department of Corrections aims to mitigate the risk factors associated with chronic unemployment while also reducing recidivism.

  • Equipment and technology purchases for, on average, 90 small and rural law enforcement agencies annually. Over the past 2 years, requests have been for in-car cameras, body-worn cameras, bulletproof vests, and mobile data terminals.

  • Five new juvenile justice prevention and early intervention programs across the state. Services target youth who are at risk for system involvement living in West Valley City and Vernal, and on the Ute reservation in northeastern Utah. Efforts are mostly concentrated in Weber, Duchesne, and Salt Lake counties.

  • Criminal history improvements projects both within the state court system and the Department of Public Safety. Funds provide new modules for the Utah Criminal Justice Information System and a record system for courts that will track and monitor restitution payments.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Ron Gordon, Executive Director

Utah At-A-Glance

Total Population: 2,900,872
Population Under 18: 896,589
Population Over 65: 283,635

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Utah State Bureau of Investiation Major Brian Redd, Division Director

Local Governments: 622
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 7
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: John W. Huber—District of Utah, Salt Lake City Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Department of Public Safety Keith D. Squires, Commissioner and Homeland Security Advisor

Drug Courts: 44
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center