Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $500,000)
The NCS-X Program is a partnership between BJS and the FBIs Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division to expand the capacity of states UCR Programs to report incident-based crime data to the FBIs NIBRS. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the LE crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in an increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting data to NIBRS. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its state pipeline, where agencies report their incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and then the state agency sends data from all of the states contributing agencies to the FBI. Transitioning local agencies to NIBRS reporting requires the state pipeline to be enhanced, to ensure state UCR Programs are capable of receiving and processing local incident-based crime data. BJS funding decisions for the NCS-X Program are made in coordination and concurrence with the FBIs CJIS Division.
While all state UCR Programs are either accepting NIBRS data from local agencies or in the process of implementing a NIBRS program in the state, UCR Programs in six statesIowa, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia operate systems that are not compliant with the current NIBRS technical specification. Funds under this award will allow Montana to modernize their NIBRS program to ensure compliance with the FBIs current NIBRS technical specification.