IBR Data in Action: Projects Using IBR Data
Many Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) and state and local agencies are working on projects related to incident-based data. Summaries of these projects are provided below. If you would like more information on any of these projects, follow the links or contact us. To contact the SAC Directors for additional information, please visit the SAC information page.
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The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center has developed a NIBRS-compliant online UCR incident-based reporting program. This program allows police departments and sheriffs' offices to submit data from all required UCR reporting forms via the internet. The system is available free via the world wide web to local law enforcement - an internet connection, an authorized user ID and password are all that are needed to access the system.
Information collected via the online program is stored in a secure database, and the system allows users to perform "real time" queries and searches of the database. Additionally, the new system allows users to enter data that are much more detailed than that collected through Alabama's previous UCR reporting system. These improvements give law enforcement personnel improved access to current statistics, crime trends, and other customized reports useful for making resource and policy decisions.
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is working to determine the needs of the NIBRS program and to work on future funding sources.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is using funds from BJS to hire a programmer and purchase software and consulting services to enhance NIBRS reporting with the capability to receive incident-based reports from local law enforcement agencies.
The Phoenix Police Department is using BJS funds to hire an analyst to complete the necessary programming for completion of NIBRS reporting.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is using BJS funds to interface their NIBRS module with the Summit Graphical User Program to create a detailed reporting system.
The Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) is using BJS funds to purchase a client server to store all NIBRS records and house the repository software. A NIBRS programmer will be responsible for integrating the RMS of each local agency involved in the project. ACIC is also purchasing two server switches and server firmware. Funds are also being used to purchase software for writing an interface between NIBRS plus data and ARC View, analyzing and reporting NIBRS, and encrypting the data for security purposes.
The California Department of Justice (CDOJ), in cooperation with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the Fresno Police Department, and the Salinas Police Department, has received a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop, implement, and maintain a National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This grant-funded project is the first step in California's plans to implement a statewide, incident-based reporting system for all law enforcement agencies in California called CIBRS (California Incident-Based Reporting System).
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is using BJS funds to provide consultation on NIBRS software selection and custom programming to convert data submissions to the format specified by the database/repository software selected.
The Denver Police Department is using BJS funds to hire two crime analysts to design and revise forms to collect the correct incident information, enter test data, send information to CBI, and train officers and other staff on how to use the NIBRS system.
The Crime Analysis Unit of the Department of Public Safety is rewriting their old DOS-based State level UCR Repository. The database will be written in ACCESS using Visual Basic and EXCEL for report purposes. The design is based on the traditional FBI UCR reporting with little variation. The database will house all forms currently being submitted to the FBI and will be available to other state-level UCR programs when complete. The system offers a simple and fast method of data entry with error-checking. For more information, please contact Gary Lopez.
The DPS is also using BJS funds to develop and implement a NIBRS information sharing system called CT-CHIEF (Connecticut's Criminal History and Incident Exchange Facility). This system will utilize the applications included in the state's mobile data communication system for messaging, inquiry and NIBRS-compliant field reporting. Funds are also being used for modifications and enhancements to the system in order to bring on-board the police departments in Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Britain.
The Delaware State Police are using BJS funds to convert the current legacy system to a Windows-based system and use it to extract the necessary NIBRS data from the State's Enhanced Police Compliant system. A NIBRS data warehouse will be created, which will be used to develop a standardized set of reports to be given to participating NIBRS agencies for developing the capability to provide special reports in response to ad hoc requests.
The first agency in Georgia is currently testing its NIBRS submission.
The Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division of the State's Department of the Attorney General is utilizing Bureau of Justice Statistics funds to assist the Maui Police Department in the procurement and implementation of a records management system that is compatible with incident-based reporting.
The Idaho State Police is planning two reports looking at NIBRS trends over 5 years. The first will look at drug trends while the second will focus on intimate partner violence. The ISP will also be comparing the 2008 victimization survey data with NIBRS to look at reported versus unreported crime.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is partnering with the Illinois State Police to promote the statewide implementation of NIBRS in Illinois by developing and publishing case studies of how pilot local agencies implement and use NIBRS data. ICJIA will also develop publications to assist users in using incident-based data.
ICJIA recently completed a project funded by BJS to demonstrate the practical applications of incident-based data and encourage the reestablishment of NIBRS in the state of Illinois. The project identified prototypical tools and methodologies that can be used in local law enforcement crime analysis. By forming partnerships with two local police departments acting as demonstration sites, ICJIA tested these crime analysis tools and methodologies using incident-level data. The results are presented in the Incident-Based Crime Analysis Manual, a manual for law enforcement agencies that documents the range of crime analysis applications possible with IBR and NIBRS data.
The Illinois State Police is also using funds to develop NIBRS-compliant software to enable the department to serve as the NIBRS repository for the state. The State Police is developing analytic tools and products to feed back to participating NIBRS agencies as well as for internal use.
The Chicago Police Department has developed a new tool for fighting crime - the Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) System. The system brings information from all aspects of the department into one centralized system. The system is made up of three components - police management, community/business, and the criminal justice system. Currently, the information can be accessed by any department in Cook County.
The MacLean County Sheriff's Office is using BJS funds to modify its integrated justice system to add a NIBRS component for accepting, tabulating, and transmitting data to the state repository.
The Waukegan Police Department is also using BJS funds to modify its existing RMS to allow for the collection, tabulation, audit, and transmittal of NIBRS data to the state repository.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute received a grant to implement an incident-based crime reporting system in the state. An advisory board was formed to provide advice and guidance to the Institute. Special committees were also formed to determine the data elements to be included in the IBR system, to develop software for managing and reporting IBR data, and to organize IBR training for law enforcement and other reporting agencies. Although the comprehensiveness and accuracy of state crime records have been significantly enhanced under Indiana's Criminal History Records Improvement Program, IBR pilot testing indicated that local agencies around the state were not yet prepared for full implementation of IBR record-keeping systems.
The Kansas Incident-Based Reporting System (KIBRS) is the system by which the Kansas Bureau of Investigation collects relevant information on the occurrence and composition of crime in the state. KIBRS consists of files containing information on incidents, victims, suspects, property, and clearances.
In November 1989, the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice began work on the pilot implementation of an enhanced IBR UCR system. The purpose of the pilot project was to develop the software and infrastructure necessary for statewide implementation and to document the utility of the system for local, state, and federal policymakers. Initial plans called for interfacing the IBR system with the agency's various policy simulation models to improve the reliability and validity of the policy impact statements used by the governor and the legislature in considering changes to criminal justice law and policy. The purpose of the Louisiana Incident-Based Reporting System (LIBRS) is to develop and implement incident-based reporting collection software and the infrastructure necessary for statewide implementation.
The Louisiana Law Enforcement Management Information System (LA-LEMIS) is also being used to automate small police departments and sheriffs' offices to enable them to report to LIBRS.
In cooperation with the Bureau of Identification of the State Police and the Supreme Court, the agency is developing an integrated approach to the problem of criminal history reporting. This project involves the redesign of the state Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system, the procurement of a new statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and the linkage of LIBRS and the state court information system to the state CCH. This design will ultimately result in a CCH system that meets or exceeds federal requirements and that provides informational linkages for both state and local corrections that did not previously exist.
The LCLE is also using BJS funds to migrate the state's Automated Records Management and Mapping System from a client/server environment to a web-based version. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association is hiring a contractor to design, develop and implement a web-based application and then implement the new technology in three major sheriff's offices - Jefferson, Lafource, and Terrebonne - as a pilot program. LCLE will also work with the New Orleans Police Department to implement a LIBRS/NIBRS-compliant automated police report through the modification of the software.
The Maine Department of Public Safety heads an effort to implement a statewide program of incident-based crime reporting that meets both NIBRS and state-specific investigative standards. The UCR staff have developed detailed reporting requirements and technical specifications necessary for contributing agencies to submit IBR data. Staff also developed prototype IBR police field reports and offered report writing training to interested agencies. The IBR project is working with National Crime Information Center staff to accommodate the transmission of IBR data from local agencies to the state IBR database via a Wide Area Network.
The Maine State Police is using BJS funds to upgrade its repository so that it may receive NIBRS submissions from Maine's law enforcement agencies and submit those data reliably to the FBI.
The Lewiston/Auburn 911 Emergency Communications System is also using BJS funds for software modifications to upgrade the system to be compatible with NIBRS and for training personnel on the new system.
The Penobscot County Law Enforcement System (PCLES) is using BJS funds to upgrade the information system used by all PCLES members to collect and report Federal and Maine-specific incident-based crime data, modify agency reporting methods to fit the improved system, and fund training on data collection and entry for law enforcement personnel.
The Waterville Police Department is using BJS funds to upgrade its software from DOS to Microsoft Windows. The Windows version allows for a 'seamless' interface with NIBRS.
The Maryland Justice Analysis Center is directing a three-year project, funded by BJS, to develop an incident-based crime reporting system for Maryland.
The Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center utilized State Justice Statistics Program funding to acquire a better understanding of Massachusetts' juvenile offenders through the analysis of UCR arrest and NIBRS data. A comprehensive analysis of these data are presented in Juvenile Crime in Massachusetts: The Characteristics of Massachusetts' Juvenile Population, Juveniles in the Justice System, Juvenile Arrests, and Data Reported by Massachusetts Law Enforcement to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (available on their web site). This study explored such topics as: types of crimes committed by juveniles; victim-offender characteristics; victim injury; victim/offender relationship; time and location of incidents; weapons used; and gang involvement.
The Massachusetts State Police have developed a crime analysis viewing environment that is deployed to local police departments by use of the World Wide Web. Called the Statewide Crime Analysis and Mapping Project (SCAMP), this system collects NIBRS data. The Crime Reporting Unit of the State Police is also using BJS funds for software, programming support and development, and training in Geo-based Information Systems and statistical analysis.
The New Bedford Police Department is using BJS funds to provide NIBRS system training to police officers.
The Greater Boston Consortium is using BJS funds to design and implement NIBRS software for a consortium of ten police departments around the Boston area and to provide training to officers in the collection of NIBRS data.
The Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts provides articles on crime analysis issues on their web site.
The Michigan Justice Statistics Center is organizing both individual- and county-level data into a comprehensive database. This database includes IBR, UCR, and sentencing data. The database will be used in researching various topics and for information requests.
The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) is using BJS funds for contractual services for systems analysis and software development.
The St. Paul Police Department is using BJS funds to carry out an evaluation and implementation plan for NIBRS in collaboration with the MPD. St. Paul is also developing and completing a NIBRS compliance study and system, and is providing a systems analyst and database programmer for NIBRS implementation.
In 2001 the Missouri Incident Based Reporting System (MIBRS) Statewide Committee was established to oversee development of an IBR program for the State. Committee members representing the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Grain Valley Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Kansas City Police Department, Laclede County Sheriff's Office, North Kansas City Police Department, and Warrenton Police Department identified the system design, reporting interfaces and processes, data specifications, and output reports. Based on recommendations of the MIBRS Committee a set of data specifications were developed that not only met NIBRS requirements but further described in detail offenses, persons, and vehicles involved in crime incidents. Once tested, these data specifications were provided to agencies for their development of MIBRS compliant report files. A statewide repository was developed and implemented by the MSHP in 2005 and NIBRS certification was received in that year. Also in 2005, the Missouri SAC and the Missouri CJIS / UCR Unit utilized BJS funds to develop a client based MIBRS data collection tool and deployment began in 2006. Currently, the Missouri SAC and the Missouri CJIS / UCR Unit are utilizing BJS funds to convert the client based MIBRS data collection tool to a secure web application hosted by the MSHP. In addition, the Missouri SAC and the Missouri CJIS / UCR Unit are developing a web application that provides agencies a secure site to submit MIBRS data to the state repository. This application performs data validation and quality analyses as data is received, and returns error reports to the submitting agencies.
The Montana Board of Crime Control is enhancing the state repository to help ensure that NIBRS data are in a format that can be easily used for analysis. Output tables and reports will also be available once the modifications to the repository are completed.
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice provides training to law enforcement agencies in classification, program methods, and procedures; the processing of data; and the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports. The Commission is currently assisting the UCR program develop a report on domestic violence using NIBRS data. The Commission is also using BJS funds to provide software needed to upgrade the NIBRS repository.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety are using funding provided by BJS to develop a comprehensive needs assessment for the purpose of developing and implementing a NIBRS program. The assessment addresses the needs of the state UCR program in planning for the migration from an in-house database program to an efficient NIBRS-compliant system to expand on analysis reporting and data processing capabilities.
The Henderson Police Department is using BJS funds to develop an interface from the Mobile Data System to a NIBRS-compliant RMS, thereby reducing the redundant data entry and producing NIBRS data.
The New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General is involved with the creation, operation, and funding of the Criminal/Integrated Justice Information system (C/IJIS) in the state, the system from which NIBRS data are gathered. The Office was a party to the creation of the NH State Police Central Repository, as well as the funding of local agency RMS responsible for the gathering and reporting of NIBRS data.
About 20% of local law enforcement in New York State have implemented an enhanced incident-based UCR program, the New York State Incident-Based Reporting System (NYSIBR). Participation continues to increase, at a slow, but steady rate. Administered through the Bureau of Statistical Services (New York State's SAC), NYSIBR improves the quality and utility of crime and related data for local agency managers, state policymakers, analysts, and the federal government. NYSIBR is a penal law-based implementation of NIBRS, and allows the state program to look at IBR-source data as either IBR data or, once aggregated with state software, as UCR summary data, allowing for a continuation of UCR time series data in New York State.
NYSIBR continues data quality research using BJS funds. Changes between UCR and IBR data systems result primarily from classification differences, training issues, and software coding errors by local departments. These problems are identified during the transition to IBR, where corrections can be implemented.
NYSIBR has developed prototype bulletins on stalking and violent crime using NYSIBR data. More in-depth analysis can be done using IBR data than was possible using UCR data.
The Bureau of Statistical Services also operates a paper-based reporting program to obtain data on all incidents of bias-related offenses reported to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The Bias Crime Incident-Reporting Program (BCIRP) has developed a database and analyzes statistical information from reporting agencies. BCIRP, once voluntary, is now mandatory due to hate crime legislation enacted in 2000. Local law enforcement can satisfy this mandate either through BCIRP or through NYSIBR, which includes all of the Bias Crime Reporting information.
The NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services is also using BJS funds to make enhancements to the NYSIBR repository so that it can accept data from contributors on a variety of electronic formats, convert NYSIBR data to summary data, and convert the NY Penal Code to UCR and/or NIBRS offense classifications.
The Suffolk County Police Department, the Monroe County Law Enforcement Consortium, and the Albany Police Department are using BJS funds to make modifications and improvements to their RMSs, which will allow them to locally input incident-based data and then transmit the information to the state repository.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation maintains the UCR program in the state and prepares Crime in ND, an annual report that summarizes crime data for North Dakota and presents incident-based data that are reaggregated into summary data. In April 1988, the state began to convert to an IBR system. All of the participating law enforcement agencies use a standard state-supplied incident report form. Approximately 75% of the IBR agencies transfer data via electronic media. Small agencies were provided with a state-developed IBR PC software package, a modem, and communication software, and were assisted in acquiring PC equipment through Anti-Drug Abuse Act funds. North Dakota was one of the first states to gain acceptance of its submission of NIBRS data to the FBI.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation also provides an ongoing report using IBR data. The Domestic Violence Report uses data from the IBR system and from site visits made to all summary UCR agencies to collect IBR data for domestic violence incidents. This report provides information on domestic violence incidents, victims, offenders, and victim/offender relationships.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation publishes the Domestic Violence Report using data from the IBR system and from site visits made to all summary UCR agencies to collect IBR data for domestic violence incidents. This report provides information on domestic violence incidents, victims, offenders, and victim/offender relationships.
From 1986 to 1994, the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) spearheaded efforts to reestablish a state-level crime reporting program and to implement the NIBRS program in Ohio. Initial NIBRS data collection began in 1992. OCJS developed a reporting manual, a model incident report form, and a pilot project. A statewide software program was implemented in 1994. The OCJS Information Section is now coordinating NIBRS in Ohio, with the role of the research section targeted more toward analysis.
OCJS has begun the state's first comprehensive initiative aimed at assessing the usefulness of NIBRS data in a local jurisdiction. That jurisdiction is Summit County, which is unique in Ohio in that the county sheriff, county seat, and surrounding cities all report NIBRS-formatted crime data. OCJS is now in the process of analyzing more than 82,000 reports in this data set, including 2000 data. The project will serve as a model of NIBRS data utility for local chiefs and sheriffs in Ohio's other 87 counties. The agency is also compiling a booklet of early IBR experiences in agencies around the state.
The Columbus Police Department (CPD) is using BJS funding to conduct a needs assessment and software review to determine if it should develop NIBRS-compliant software in-house, hire a contractor, or purchase an off-the-shelf package. After the assessment, CPD will either undertake software development or purchase the appropriate software, then test and implement the system.
The Toledo Police Department is also using BJS funds to develop a software package that can be sued by officers to report NIBRS data through the use of mobile data computers. Funds will also be used to train officers on the equipment.
The state has provided software to 160 law enforcement agencies to begin collecting IBR data. The state repository is currently in the process of setting up a procedure for accepting these data. A Web-based software package allows agencies to share data.
The Oregon State Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Newport Police Department are using BJS funding to upgrade their current RMSs. Funds are also being used to provide personnel and contractual services to develop an automated report management system that will be compliant with NIBRS specifications.
The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Management System (PA-LEMIS) is a public-domain police records management system designed for small- and medium-sized police departments. The system 1) provides recordkeeping for incidents, name and vehicle searches, parking tickets, warrants, traffic citations, accidents, and personnel, and 2) generates UCR and IBR data and reports. A mobile version of PA-LEMIS was also developed through funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). This system was developed in Java and uses CPDP and spread spectrum technologies.
The latest PA-LEMIS project aims to create a Web-based integrated police records management system that can be used not only to develop UCR and IBR reports, but to also integrate with a computer-aided dispatch system and with other justice agency systems. This project, Criminal Network or C-Net, will allow police departments to share informtion with each other as well as local booking centers, prosecutors, and victim service agencies.
PCCD has also funded and worked with the Pennsylvania State Police to develop Web-based UCR reporting. PA-LEMIS, eventually C-NET, and other automated police record management systems can submit either summary of IBR data to this system electronically. Smaller departments can enter their data directly on the site. The public can access summary data on the UCR Web site throug canned or custom reports. Police agencies and some other justice agencies can access incident-based data from the site. Efforts are underway to develop additional incident-based reports for justice agency and eventually, public access.
The Rhode Island Governor's Justice Commission obtained funding to use incident-based data in conjunction with crime mapping. Since the state does not have an IBR depository, data was extracted from a local police department's record management system. In Rhode Island, 30 of the 39 local police departments use the same records management system. The goal of the IBR/mapping project is to make a model from which local agencies can extract their data, import these data into crime mapping software and use the data to study trends.
In September, a one day seminar for local agencies was held to present the model project, along with an introduction to GIS resources in the state.
The Rhode Island State Police is using BJS funds to purchase NIBRS software, which will allow them to accept data from participating agencies, work toward NIBRS certification, and assist local police departments with implementing NIBRS. The State Police are also providing NIBRS-compliant software to nine local and county law enforcement agencies.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has completed ten projects related to IBR. The most recent is Sexual Violence Against Children in South Carolina, which was published in June 2007. This report uses SCIBRS data to identify describe the nature, extent and trends associated with sexual violence against children from 1991-2005. Violent sexual offenses (rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling) where the victim was a child under 18 provided the basis for this report. Descriptive information concerning victims, offenders and the associated offense circumstances was presented in narrative and graphical form.
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: A Profile of Domestic Violence in South Carolina was published in 2006 and used SCIBRS data from 1991 through 2004. This report also incorporates criminal history record information and offender records from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Victim to offender relationships were used along with offense information to define domestic violence. Descriptive information concerning victims, offenders and offense circumstances was presented.
Against Their Will: Sexual Violence in South Carolina 1991 - 2003. This report uses SCIBRS data to describe the nature, extent and trends associated with sexual violence in South Carolina from 1991 through 2003. The publication date was June 2005.
Murder Trends in South Carolina 1977 - 2002 was published in June 2004. This report used SCIBRS and SCIBRS-compatible data to identify trend information concerning murder victims, arrestees and the associated circumstances.
Criminal Victimization Trends in South Carolina was published in 2003 and used SCIBRS and SCIBRS-compatible data from 1977 through 2002. Incident-based reporting data from 1977 through 1990 were retroactively edited to make them compatible with NIBRS and provide the basis for trend analysis.
The Hitting Close to Home: A Statistical Handbook on Domestic Violence in South Carolina report was published in 2002 and uses SCIBRS data from 1996 through 2000. Victim to offender relationship in tandem with offense information was used to define domestic violence. Descriptive information concerning victims, offenders and offense circumstances were presented in narrative and graphical form.
The Firearm Violence in South Carolina report uses the South Carolina Incident-Based Reporting System (SCIBRS) to provide an overview of violent crime involving the use of a firearm from 1996 through 1999. Information about the age, race, sex and ethnicity of victims and offenders, the victim to offender relationship, weapon involvement, location, and other variables are included.
The South Carolina Victims of Domestic Violence report uses SCIBRS to provide an overview of domestic violence victims based on 1999 data. It provides information concerning the age, race, ethnicity and sex of victims, the victim/offender relationship, weapon involvement, time of day, and other factors involved in domestic violence. The report was used by the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence as a basis for some of its recommendations.
The Violence Against Women in South Carolina report uses the SCIBRS to provide an overview of violent crimes where the victims were female from 1996 through 1999. It provides information concerning the age, race and ethnicity of offenders, the victim to offender relationship, weapon involvement, location of offenses, victim injuries, county victimization rates and other factors related to violence against women.
The Juvenile and Underage Firearm Use in South Carolina: An Update and Reanalysis of Data also uses SCIBRS from 1996 and 1997 to analyze patterns of juvenile firearm violence. It provides information concerning the age, race, ethnicity and sex of victims and arrestees, the victim to offender relationship, victim injury, time of day and other relevant factors.
All of these reports can be found on the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Web site.
The South Dakota Attorney General's Task Force on Drugs is undertaking a project to establish IBR in South Dakota. The state has added more data elements than the FBI's 53 required elements, and because of the detailed nature of the data, collection and transmission will be automated. This project will assist local agencies by training officers in data collection and by supporting those agencies in establishing automated systems to maintain the data. The project will also involve the development of a state-level system to accommodate the transmission of data from local agencies and the statistical manipulation of the data.
The Task Force also presents UCR and NIBRS data for the state in an annual report, including a description of crime trends and an analysis of crime in the reporting cities and counties of South Dakota.
The Rapid City Police Department is using BJS funding to enable a vendor to enhance the current record system used by Rapid City and Pennington County to meet the state's existing incident-based reporting standards.
The Watertown Police Department is also using BJS funds to purchase and install NIBRS-compliant software.
The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office is using BJS funds to interface with existing systems within the department and develop reports to assist them in full utilization of the software.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) presents information on the Tennessee IBR system (TIBRS). The Bureau released the 2003 Crime in Tennessee, a statewide report based solely on TIBRS data. The report included information on domestic violence, victim and arrestee characteristics, as well as all TIBRS offenses. Hate Crime and LEOKA reports are also published from the TIBRS data and 2003 data will be released by the end of June 2004. The TBI also publishes a quarterly newsletter that provides information on the state IBR program and current program issues.
The TBI continues to update the Tennessee Incident-Based Reporting System Data
Collection Manual for use with the NIBRS program in the state. A TIBRS Software
Manual is also available for use with the TIBRS software developed for law enforcement
agencies in Tennessee. The manual provides users with instructions on how to report
crimes to the state IBR system using the software.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
used BJS funding to purchase a server that acts as an archive and formed a link to the DPS NIBRS repository to allow dynamic interactive error resolution and on-line access between the repository and local agencies. Since only 13% of the state's population is represented by NIBRS agencies, DPS still converts the NIBRS data to summary. DPS also acquired a summary-based system that uses the same interactive logic.
The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Research and Data Unit provides coordination and initiation of justice research efforts in Utah. Through research efforts, this group is also involved in the development and improvement of justice related information systems in the ongoing process of criminal history records improvement. Publications and incident-based data are available from their Web site. The Commission also recently used incident-based data to analyze property crime in Utah.
The Salt Lake City Police Department is using funding from BJS to provide system enhancements and modifications, software development, implementation and licensing supporting NIBRS-compliant data reporting, and NIBRS training.
The Layton Police Department is also using BJS funds toward the cost of a new RMS that will be NIBRS-compliant.
The Bureau of Criminal Identification is using BJS funding to make incident-based reporting more readily available by including it on their web site. This will allow public access to incident-based reporting statistics on the web.
In 2004 the Vermont Criminal Information Center published it's first all NIBRS Crime Report via the Internet. VERMONT CRIME ON-LINE enables users to access the Vermont NIBRS Crime Report on-line and interactively construct tables and charts using all of the NIBRS elements. The strength of this initiative is that all reports and tables are customized by the user - there are no stock tables, the user creates the reports and graphics they need easily and instantly using a "point and click' approach from their browser. Data are displayed by town, county or statewide. Reports or charts can be printed or saved to run again using updated data. Simple statistics such as percentages, averages, rates and time sequence analysis are calculated on demand. There is a "drill through" feature (available only to law enforcement) which provides access to NIBRS incident level data (case vs. statistical data). For the more sophisticated user the data can be downloaded from the product into a spreadsheet or other analytical software package.
The first phase of the Vermont Center for Justice Research's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Project was an analysis of delinquency data from the Vermont Family Court, the statewide incident-based reporting system (VIBRS), and social service agencies. An evaluation of existing juvenile justice information systems was conducted and recommendations for improvements were made in the final report. The Center published the eighth Juvenile Justice Resource Book in January 2004 and expects to continue this series annually.
Vermont recently completed a series of NIBRS tables for publication with the 2003 Vermont Crime Report, the annual UCR report for the state issued by the Department of Public Safety. The 2003 report marks the third year a NIBRS supplement has been available on the Internet. Work is presently under way to prepare NIBRS data for use in a Web-based query engine so that users may construct their own tables and analyze NIBRS data online. The SAC is assisting the Department of Public Safety in working with vendors to develop the system. It is anticipated that the crime report using 2004 data will be presented in this format. The SAC continues to use NIBRS data for work on a number of policy issues, including Project Safe Neighborhoods firearms violence reduction and domestic violence initiatives, and will use IBR data for a recently funded study of racial and ethnic differences in criminal justice processing in Vermont, a spin-off of the 2003 pilot study examining racial differences in arrest rates.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety is using BJS funds to purchase and distribute a licenses software product that will provide a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to end users of VIBRS. This interface will change VIBRS from a DOS-based system to a Windows-based system. The state is also using funds to provide training to end users in the application of GUI.
The Washington State UCR Department provides an Excel spreadsheet to help simplify UCR reporting for agencies without computerized UCR capabilities. The spreadsheet automatically calculates the necessary fields and can be emailed directly to the state program. The state is also using BJS funds for software development in order to complete the state's NIBRS implementation efforts.
The Tacoma/Pierce County Consortium is using BJS funds to acquire the services of system developers to integrate and complete the NIBRS reporting system to electronically transfer data to the state.
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is using funding from BJS to design, develop, test, and implement NIBRS. Contract services will be used to design an information system compatible to NIBRS.
Since 1999, law enforcement agencies in West Virginia have been required to submit incident-based data to the West Virginia State Police. The State Police compiles the data, submits data to the FBI, generates a statewide annual crime report, and shares the data with the West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center. The SAC uses the IBR data to respond to requests for information and to generate research reports examining domestic violence, juvenile justice, narcotics, and violent crime. Recently, the SAC has used IBR data to complete a number of studies and reports to assist state and local policymakers and organizations. These reports are available on the publications page of the SAC Web site. The SAC is currently using IBR data to examine the influence of protective orders on arrests.
Wisconsin's IBR program is part of the Statistical Analysis Center in the State of Wisconsin's Office of Justice Assistance. As of December 2004, the state IBR program is receiving data from three larger local agencies. The SAC has also awarded over 25 grants for IBR implementation that will bring the program into over 75 additional local agencies, including Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, the three largest agencies in the state. In addition, a state technical college that created the RMS for approximately 33% of the state agencies has received a grant to add WIBRS functionality to those systems without any additional cost to the local agencies.
The OJA is beginning work with the Wisconsin Department Of Transportation to develop a field-based incident reporting module. Such a module would allow an officer in the field to directly enter an incident into a computer in their squad car, thus reducing the amount of time and potential miscommunication that exists in the handwritten reporting system currently used. If this is successful, DOT will make the WIBRS module available to all Wisconsin departments.
The SAC is also beginning the steps to create interactive IBR and UCR Web sites, which will allow users to download data and information directly. The SAC is looking into developing IBR and UCR Web sites for data submission as well, which would allow agencies to submit their data directly in electronic format.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office is using BJS funds to acquire the services of an incident-based reporting database administrator and data entry/verification clerk to assist in implementing NIBRS.
The Green Bay Police Department is using BJS funds to purchase mobile data terminals and software licenses for 120 workstations, as well as an RMS integration module to allow reporting from Green Bay's mobile data terminal system.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is developing and testing a model for examining the linkage between its National Fatal Firearm Reporting System and an expanded WIBRS.