Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $608,680)
The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) is an effort to expand the FBIÂ’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) into a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics. BJS and the FBI are implementing NCS-X with the support of other Department of Justice agencies, including the Office for Victims of Crime. The goal of NCS-X is to enroll a sample of 400 scientifically selected law enforcement agencies to submit data to NIBRS; when these 400 new NIBRS-reporting agencies are combined with the more than 6,300 agencies that reported to NIBRS as of 2013, the nation will have a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics drawn from the operational data systems of local police departments. These incident-based data will draw upon the attributes and circumstances of criminal incidents and allow for more detailed and transparent descriptions of crime in communities. The current mechanism by which local law enforcement (LE) agencies report data to the FBIÂ’s NIBRS, in general, is for local LE agencies to submit data to their state UCR reporting program, and then for the state UCR program to report those data to the FBI. While the FBI does accept NIBRS data directly from a small number of law enforcement agencies, the highly preferred route of reporting is through the state UCR program. The FY2016 Phase III solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing funding to the largest agencies in the NCS-X sample in order to assist these agencies to transition to NIBRS reporting or to develop a comprehensive plan for transitioning to NIBRS reporting via the state pipeline. Specifically, funding under this solicitation targeted the NCS-X sample of agencies with 750 or more sworn officers that are not currently reporting crime data to NIBRS.
The Mesa Police Department (MPD) currently uses an out-of-date RMS and needs to replace their RMS with a new system capable of reporting NIBRS-compliant data. Under the current award, MPD will acquire a contractor to assist agency staff in determining IBR requirements and aid in the process of selecting an RMS vendor. Once the RMS vendor is in place, MPD will use NCS-X grant funds to cover the portion of the RMS related to costs for data export and data entry/report screen development. The remaining costs for the RMS replacement will be coming from non-federal funds. The MPD have planned about a year to identify needs and hire staff. RMS project work is scheduled to begin in January 2018 and run through to November 2019.