Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $65,320)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance will use funds to create a web application to allow local law enforcement agencies that submit Incident Based Reporting (IBR) data the ability to access and query their data. Wisconsin has been collecting IBR data since 2005, but has no system in place to allow agencies to view the IBR data; instead the data is converted back to summary-based data which is far less detailed and reliable. The SAC has been promising to provide this capability to the agencies for several years, but has not had the resources and staff to do so. However, if the IBR program is going to continue to grow then it is necessary to develop a tool to provide these data back to reporting agencies. The SAC will contract with an IT developer/programmer to create a web application hosted on secure site, allowing only approved users to access it. The IBR application will also provide the capability to generate tables, charts, and maps. CA/NCF