Violent crime continues to be a major concern in the District of Columbia. In 1999, the District recorded 14,871 violent incidents against 16,372 victims. Nearly 12,000 individuals were assaulted and almost 4,000 robbed. To inform efforts to reduce violence in the city, the Mayor's Office and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) convened a small "data team" in mid-July, 2000. Composed of representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC), the Urban Institute, the Mayor's Office, and the CJCC, the team was charged with analyzing violent incidents in the city by identifying trends and patterns that characterize violent incidents, victims, and offenders.