Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $74,808)
The Alabama SAC (located in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency - ALEA) requests funds for a core emphasis project. The SAC proposes to support the continued improvement of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data into a portal with an enhanced user experience for ALEA’s stakeholders. As part of the proposed efforts, ALEA continues to transition its statistical crime data analysis efforts to the Institute of Data & Analytics at the University of Alabama (UA). This partnership is similar to efforts among other state law enforcement agencies where faculty and researchers at universities use their skills to provide new insights and methods into state-level crime data. Expected outcomes from the core emphasis project are: 1) the improved query efficiency of ALEA’s database; 2) enhanced features through the development of stored procedures and table functions; 3) enhanced website revisions for ease-of-use; and 4) new dashboards for local stakeholders.