Entering Return E Data - Supplementary Homicide Report (Victim Information)
After Criminal Homicides are detailed, the monthly figures can be entered on Return E.The data entry form for Return E follows the layout of the FBI standard paper return.
The Return E screen for Victim Information consists of several lines of information that must be entered. The statistics are entered by Incident. You should make sure that all of the data collected for the Incident being entered is present before entering the next Incident or moving to the next data entry page.
If this is the first entry for an Incident, the details surrounding the Incident must be entered. This is accomplished by using the Tab key to move to the "Date" line. After entering the date the Incident occurred using the format MM/DD/YYYY, use the Tab key to proceed to the "Time" line. The time the Incident occurred can be entered using the format HH:MM:SS. Use the TAB key to reach the next line.
The next available field "Situation" drives some of the edits that occur in later processing. Care must be taken to select the correct Situation. The "Situation" field contains a dropdown box listing all the Situations applicable to Return E. Select the correct Situation for the Incident. Tab to the "Homicide Type" field.
The "Homicide Type" field contains a dropdown box listing all of the applicable Homicide Types which can be entered for Return E. Select the Homicide Type for the Incident. This field is the last Incident level field to be entered. Tab to the "Victim" line on the form. Your cursor will be placed in the first available column, "Victim Age".
The "Victim" line consists of several columns for which data can be entered beginning with the "Age " column. The column title appears above the data entry area. Enter the Age of the Victim. If you are unable to determine the exact Age of the Victim, the next column, under the heading (Range) has been made available. This column combined with the Age column allows you to enter the Age Range of the Victim. The first column must be the smaller number in the Range. If you do know the exact Age of the Victim, enter information only in the first column and use the Tab key to Tab over the (Range) column. When you have completed entry of the Age and (Range Columns), use the Tab key to proceed to the "Victim Sex" column.
The "Victim Sex" field contains a dropdown box listing all of the applicable Sex Types which can be entered for Return E Victim. Select the Sex Type of Victim. Tab to the "Victim Race" column on the form.
The "Victim Race" field contains a dropdown box listing all of the applicable Race Types which can be entered for Return E Victim. Select the Race Type of Victim. Tab to the "Victim Ethnicity" column on the form.
The "Victim Ethnicity" field contains a dropdown box listing all of the applicable Ethnicity Types which can be entered for Return E Victim. Select the Ethnicity Type of Victim. Tab to the "Police Officer" column on the form.
The "Police Officer" field contains a dropdown box listing the options Yes and No. Select "Yes" if the Victim being entered was a Police Officer. Select "No" if the victim was not a Police Officer. This is the final column for Victim data entry. When you have completed entry of all of the Victim columns, you should click the "ADD" button to add the Victim.
When the "ADD" button has been pressed, the screen will be reset to allow for additional Victims to be added. The Victim you originally entered will also be listed with Victim Level options to allow you to modify that particular Victim.
If you have erroneously entered a Victim line, you can remove it by clicking the "Remove" link found in the "Action" column for that entry. If this is not the only Victim tied to the Incident, you will be presented with a confirmation screen. Click the "OK" button to proceed with the delete or the "Cancel" button to stop the delete process. If this is the only Victim tied to this Incident, you will receive an error message. After reviewing the instructions, press the OK button. If there are changes required for this Victim, you will need to use the other Victim Level option, "Change".
If you have made a mistake in entry of any of the data columns, you can update the Victim line by clicking the "Change" link found in the "Action" column for that entry. You will be presented with the Victim in the format of the original data entry screen for Victim. You can make your changes and click the "Save" button so that they are applied. Upon clicking on the "Save" button, your screen will be refreshed with the updated data.
If you find that you really do not wish to make a change to that Victim, click the "Return to Incident Summary" link. You will be returned to the List with the original information intact.
After all of the statistical data has been entered, choose from one of the links at the bottom of the page to continue processing.
If the "ADD" button is pressed, and no data has been entered, you will be presented with an error screen. The screen will instruct you how to proceed. When you have reviewed the instruction, click the "OK" button to shut down the error screen and proceed with processing.
Four links are available to allow you to control the data entry process. At any time during the data input, Help for the completion of Return E is available by clicking on the "Need Help?" link on the bottom of the page. Clicking on the "Save Submission" link will save all statistics entered up to that point, in the event you are not able to complete entering all statistics for the current month's submission in one session. Clicking on the "Return To Incident Summary" link will take you to a screen that recaps all of the Incident data that you have enter so far. Finally, clicking the "Continue Incident" link will take you to the next data entry screen.
The screen that is displayed when "Return To Incident Summary" link is clicked will show the list of Incidents for which you have already entered statistics for the Month. For each individual Incident that has been entered, you have the option to Change the data entered or Remove the entire Incident should you have made a mistake in data entry.
See Help For Return E Incident Summary for more information.
Also see FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook for more information.