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FBI Releases 2015 Crime Statistics From National Incident-Based Reporting System

December 2016:

The FBI released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2015.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS, 2015, provides a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories comprised of 49 offenses.

It also presents arrest data for those offense categories plus 10 more offenses for which only arrest data are collected.

The NIBRS Transition

Because it offers a more complete picture of crime, NIBRS is slated to become the UCR data standard by January 1, 2021. In his recent memo to UCR state program managers, FBI Director James B. Comey elaborated on the FBI’s desire for law enforcement agencies to transition from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) to NIBRS:

“This 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, as well as the Executive Branch of our government….By transitioning to a NIBRS-only data collection over the next five years, 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.” ..Continued.. by FBI

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