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The Future of NIBRS – Get Involved!

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There are some Requests for Information (RFIs) out now that will ultimately change the way that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) works for users. These are two fantastic opportunities for industry solution providers to help shape NIBRS for the future.

Last week, the IJIS Institute posted a RFI intended to initiate a dialogue between our National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) team and industry solution providers. Through the RFI, IJIS seeks to identify what the market has to offer to allow users in the field to visualize and interact with national crime incident data compiled in NIBRS.

In 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) launched the NCS-X to generate detailed national estimates of the volume and characteristics of crimes known to law enforcement based on NIBRS data. NCS-X is designed to help a sample of 400 local agencies implement efficient and minimally-burdensome processes to collect and extract incident-based data from their existing records management systems for submission to NIBRS. A team of organizations that includes the IJIS Institute is responsible for developing the implementation plans for NCS-X. This includes coordinating efforts with local law enforcement, state reporting programs, and the software industry. More information on the NCS-X program can be found on the BJS website at

The purpose of the IJIS Institute RFI is to identify options that would allow users in the field to visualize and interact with NIBRS data with two end goals:

Facilitate the ability of law enforcement agencies to understand their crime patterns and trends in the context of crime in nearby and other similar jurisdictions. The inclusion of ancillary data, such as the American Community Survey (ACS), will be used to provide contextual data on demographics, social setting, and community well-being. These data will facilitate understanding of crime and its socioeconomic correlates.

Allow the public to interact with crime incident data in an intuitive and easy to use manner. Although these data are currently publicly accessible, access has historically been cumbersome or required technical experience with relational databases and geospatial analysis. The proposed analytics dashboard will streamline these functions and make incident-based crime data accessible to a wider audience.

For more information, please visit the Opportunities page and download the RFI. Responses are due by 9/10.

This week, the IJIS Institute posted the RFI released by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, Law Enforcement Support Section (LESS), Crime Data Modernization (CDM) Team. This RFI is requesting information for a NIBRS Modernization study.

The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of over 16,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) voluntarily reporting data on offenses reported or known. Since 1930, the FBI has administered the UCR Program and continues to assess and monitor the nature and type of crime in the nation. The Program’s primary objective is to generate reliable and valid information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. The CDM Team has been tasked with an FBI Director’s Priority Initiative (DPI) to establish one, uniform crime statistics reporting standard, known as the NIBRS for local, state, tribal, and federal LEAs, and provide richer data to inform, educate, and strengthen communities. The move toward increased NIBRS participation will generate the pathway to greater data collection and will improve the nation’s crime statistics for reliability, accuracy, accessibility, and timeliness of the data. This effort will be achieved by transitioning local, state, and tribal LEAs from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) to the NIBRS.

The desired outcome the CDM Team wishes to achieve is to sunset the SRS and then replace it with the NIBRS, as the national standard for crime reporting. FBI Director James B. Comey has publicly announced his support for the NIBRS to be the national standard for crime reporting nationwide by local, state, tribal, and federal LEAs

Interested parties in the industry can submit a proposal for a research strategy to assess the current business practices and policies employed by local, state, tribal, and federal LEAs and how they compare with the requirements to transition these LEAs from the SRS to the NIBRS for purposes of collecting crime statistics. Additionally, these tasks will determine if the NIBRS meets current policing needs in its present state or requires modernization.

For more information, please visit the Opportunities page and download the RFI. Responses are due by 9/2.


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