Hi Marykay Wagner and thanks so much for chiming in on the above citations. The FBI publishes law enforcement data from all “participating” state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies monthly, quarterly, and annually. It’s called the Uniform Crime Report (UCR). They collect all sorts of data and it’s very detailed. Keep in mind not all law enforcement agencies report data for this report, and it’s voluntary, so there are lots of people not counted.

About the national social service demographic data, I used the American Community Survey data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. They collect data provided by state and national agencies on Americans and residents. There is a lot of public data available depending on what you need.

For public education statistics, you can use the National Center for Educational Statistics.

And for any national data related to public assistance (welfare), child welfare, foster children, etc., you can get that data info from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families (ACF) or Office of Family Assistance (OFA). There are lots of bureaus under this agency.

There is plenty of national data out there available for our consumption free of charge to check trolls and ignorant people. It’s our data about us, we need to read it. People are easily tricked with false facts because they don’t read.

Lastly, the Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA) will lead you anywhere in the government you need to go to locate data. It’s being moved so info is a little difficult to get at the moment, but it’s here.

Happy researching.

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