Police proceeded against 295,600 alleged offenders during 2007-08, according to the first release of recorded crime offender statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This publication is the first release of statistics relating to the number of alleged offenders aged 10 years and over who were proceeded against by police during 2007-08. Data comes from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police agencies. Each offender is assigned a principal offence (most serious offence) if more than one offence is committed. The publication includes all states and territories except Western Australia.
The publication includes an introduction to the Recorded Crime - Offenders collection and how it fits within the criminal justice system. Chapter 2 presents a summary view of offenders proceeded against by police for the seven available states and territories. Chapters 3-9 present selected data about offenders for each of the respective states and territories, except Western Australia. Indigenous data are available only for New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.