2019 NCS-X NIBRS Transition Grant Application Period Open
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently announced an additional round of funding for law enforcement agencies seeking to report incident-based crime data to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
Grants from the NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program may be used to cover the cost of software and hardware that supports or enhances an agency’s ability to support state-IBR/NIBRS compliant data, and to pay for technical assistance with collecting, entering and processing incident-based data.
NIBRS was designed to improve the quality of crime data collected by law enforcement agencies by capturing details on individual crime incidents — as well as on separate offenses within the same incident — including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees and property involved in the crimes. According to the NCS-X, only about one third of law enforcement agencies in the United States participate in NIBRS. The FBI attributes this lag to the costs associating with changing reporting systems and the negative perception of higher crime after a community initially adopts NIBRS (as a result of the increased reporting specificity). The DOJ, OJP and BJS, through the NCS-X program, are seeking to expand the number of agencies that report to NIBRS and thus enable incident-based statistics to be used as the national standard for quantifying crime.
The deadline for submitting a grant application to the NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program is December 27, 2018.
DELTAWRX can assist with creating and executing your law enforcement agency’s NIBRS transition implementation plan. We have worked with agencies that have been the first in their states to transition to NIBRS and assisted them with developing technical requirements, procuring new information systems, and identifying and planning for the organizational changes (structure, resources and training) necessary for a successful transition.