Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $200,048)
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.
The Washington County Sheriffs office provides law enforcement services to a population of 51,200 over an area of 761 square miles. A consortium of agencies has been established within the local area, comprised of several police departments including: Leland Police, Hollandale Police, Arcola Police and Metcalfe Police.
Funds from the current award will be used to implement a NIBRS capable RMS and to obtain the professional services necessary to implement this new system. Funds will also support the appropriate training from the vendor on how to use the RMS to report NIBRS data. This effort will support the transition of both Washington County as well as the other 4 local agencies within their consortium.