Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,524,997)
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 currently report to NIBRS, 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 FY2018 solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing funding to the remaining states and local agencies in the NCS-X sample in order to assist them transition to NIBRS reporting.
Riverside County Sheriffs Department (RCSD) is located in the 4th largest county in California, covering more than 7,300 square miles and policing 17 of the 28 cities in Riverside County. Riverside County has an estimated population of 2.4 million residents.
Currently, the agency utilizes an antiquated system that is unable to meet the required NIBRS standards. The department does not even utilize an electronic report writing system; therefore, all data are entered manually into their record management system (RMS). RCSD is going through the competitive process for procuring a new integrated computer aided dispatch and RMS (CAD/RMS) that will be NIBRS compliant. The selected vendor is slated to provide a mobile report writing module that will integrate the CAD data with the RMS data and provide an automated tool for patrol personnel to collect incident information. RCSD is requesting funds for the NIBRS component of the new RMS (based on quotes received through their competitive procurement process) and for hardware to support the new system.