Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000)
The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) is an effort to expand the FBIs 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 FBIs 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 Albuquerque Police Department (APO) is currently using Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) for the collection and reporting of crime data to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Under this award, APO will transition from UCR and fully implement the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and meet the FBl's deadline of December 31, 2021. Under this grant, APO will establish a foundation by implementing the technological changes necessary for the transition from UCR to NIBRS. Funds will be used primarily to migrate from their current report writing systemwhich will no longer be supported by the solution providerto a new one that is capable of reporting IBR data. Additionally, the move to a new report writing system will require the agency to build an interface between their existing system and the new one. After these changes are made, both APD and their sister agency, Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office (BCSO), will be able to submit reports electronically to the RMS system that include the required NIBRS data elements. Funds will be used to migrate all the current data entry forms currently used by the agency, which includes over 20 forms, from paper-based to electronic submission, develop a platform to ingest the data submitted via the new electronic forms, integrate this data into the existing RMS, generate NIBRS-compliant data, and provide technical assistance to staff on how to work with the new system.