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National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

Measuring Crime Reported to Law Enforcement using NIBRS Data Podcast

Listen as Erica Smith, Unit Chief overseeing the Law Enforcement Incident-Based Statistics Unit, BJS and Edward Abraham, Unit Chief, Crime and Law Enforcement Statistics Unit, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, FBI discuss the significant improvements the transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) offers in this Justice Today podcast.

Measuring Crime Reported to Law Enforcement using NIBRS Data 

LEARCAT Methodology

LEARCAT User Guide and Methodology


The Law Enforcement Agency Reported Crime Analysis Tool (LEARCAT) dashboard enables you to examine crime information reported by participating law enforcement agencies to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). As of January 1, 2021, the FBI transitioned to NIBRS as the nation’s official law enforcement crime reporting standard. NIBRS collects details on crime incidents including the...

FY 2022 California Law Enforcement Transition to NIBRS—Rapid Deployment Model Project

Closing Date
The purpose of the project funded through this solicitation is to use the Rapid Deployment Model (RDM) strategy to help three of the largest agencies in the state of California - the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office (LASO) - transition to reporting crime data to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This project...

NIBRS Estimation Project

Beginning with the 2021 data year, estimates of crime known to law enforcement will be based solely on data provided to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS. In 2021, 67.9% of all crime-reporting law enforcement agencies were reporting to NIBRS, covering 65.7% of the U.S. population.

NIBRS Coverage, 2017 to 2021

To calculate a national crime rate based on NIBRS data, BJS, in partnership with the FBI and...

National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

As of January 1, 2021, the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) became the national standard for law enforcement crime data reporting in the United States. The transition to NIBRS represents a significant shift – and improvement – in how reported crime is measured and estimated by the federal government.

NIBRS captures detailed data about the characteristics of criminal incidents, including:

  • a broad array of...

FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics Award $24.2 Million to Law Enforcement Agencies to Support National Crime-Reporting Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bureau of Justice Statistics
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016                 Contact: Kara McCarthy (202) 307-1241
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Funding is part of the 2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange initiative

WASHINGTON – A total of $24.2 million in...