Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $46,247)
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 6,600 agencies that reported to NIBRS as of 2015, 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 FY2017 Phase VI solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing funding to small and medium sized 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 fewer than 750 or more sworn officers that are (1) are located in states in which the state UCR Programs currently have or will have by October 2017 a state IBR standard; (2) currently do not report incident-based data to their state UCR Program or to the FBIs NIBRS; (3) have not previously received funding to transition to IBR/NIBRS; and (4) are not already in the process of transitioning to IBR/NIBRS.
Under the current award, the Marceline Police Department will upgrade the computer network that supports incident reporting to the local record management system (RMS), including the technology connected to patrol vehicles. Second, they will train officers on the IBR/NIBRS data collection standards, to facilitate more accurate incident reports. Finally, they will upgrade the agencys records management software, implement mobile field reporting, and undertake a community outreach campaign about IBR/NIBRS and how it compares to summary-based reporting.