Who is required to report human trafficking data?
- The Department of Public Safety
- Municipal police departments
- Sheriff departments
- Constable offices
- County attorney offices
- District attorney offices
- Criminal district attorney offices
Who in my organization needs to report the human trafficking data?
This will depend on your organization. We encourage internal collaboration to determine who is the most appropriate person to report this data.
What data needs to be reported?
For alleged offenses occurring on or after August 1, 2020, the following information must be reported:
- the offense that was being investigated or prosecuted and a brief description of the alleged prohibited conduct;
- the age, gender, and race or ethnicity of each suspect and victim and the case number associated with that suspect;
- the date, time, and location of the alleged offense;
- the type of human trafficking involved;
- other related prosecution charges;
- information regarding any victims' service organization or program to which the victim was referred, if available; and
- the disposition of the investigation or prosecution, regardless of its manner.
Any data regarding offenses occurring before August 1, 2020, is encouraged but not required.
How do I report the human trafficking data?
The majority of this information is currently being collected by the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data systems through DPS.
If you submit the required information for both CCH and UCR, you will be in compliance with Article 2.305 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
If you do not submit data to CCH and UCR, you will need to report the required human trafficking data to the CCH and UCR data systems. No information will be directly submitted to the OAG.
Please ensure that all information submitted to CCH and UCR is complete, current, and accurate. All information must be updated in accordance with the CCH and UCR submission policies.
What is the Texas Computerized Criminal History system (CCH)?
Chapter 66 of the Code of Criminal Procedure defines the Computerized Criminal History system (CCH) as the statewide repository of criminal history record information reported to DPS by local criminal justice agencies in Texas. Chapter 66 requires that information on arrests, prosecutions and the disposition of the case for persons arrested for a Class B misdemeanor or greater violation of Texas criminal statutes is included in CCH.
What is the Texas Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program?
The Uniform Crime Reporting program is designed to produce reliable crime statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management. This information serves as a measure of the fluctuations in the type and volume of crime in Texas. On January 1, 1976, Texas adopted the Uniform Crime Report as its official statewide crime report. DPS accepted the responsibility to collect, validate and tabulate UCR reports from all reporting jurisdictions in Texas.
How often must I report this information to CCH and UCR?
All information must be complete, current, and accurate. Updates must be made in accordance with the specific submission policies of CCH and UCR.
When do I need to submit the human trafficking data?
DPS must report human trafficking data by August 1, 2020.
Entities located in a county with a population of more than 500,000 must report human trafficking data by August 1, 2020.
Entities located in a county with a population of 500,000 or less must report human trafficking data by August 1, 2021.
How can I make sure I am in compliance with Article 2.305 of the Code of Criminal Procedure?
For more information, please refer to Article 2.305 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and 1 TAC §§54.90 and 54.91.