Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $118,825)
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 in their transition to NIBRS reporting.
Contra Costa County SO (CCCSO) serves a population of 1.15 million with 697 sworn personnel. In 2017, it responded to 381,392 dispatched calls for service resulting in 16,548 incident reports and 1,617 Part 1 UCR offenses. CCCSO shares a RMS with Pittsburg PD & Oakley PD, in addition to 3 contract cities (Danville PD, Orinda PD, Lafayette PD). The shared RMS has the required components to report to the federal NIBRS standard however, none of the functionality is currently active in the system. Funds from the current award will be used to modify the system to activate all of the NIBRS required elements and validation rules as well as to structure the RMS to report data to the CA-state specific IBR standard once that is finalized.