The FBI released released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) last year. The report includes what the bureau calls “a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories comprised of 49 offenses.” It also includes arrest data for those offense categories plus 10 more offenses for which only arrest data are collected. NIBRS currently is used by only 36 percent of law enforcement agencies that take part in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.
Because it offers a more complete picture of crime, NIBRS is supposed to become the UCR data standard by 2021. Director James Comey says the transition is supported by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board (APB), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Comey says that under NIBRS, “the FBI will have faster access to more robust data that is necessary to show how safe our communities are and to help law enforcement officials and municipal leaders better allocate resources to prevent and combat crime in their jurisdictions.”