NIBRS Resources for Law Enforcement
As recommended by our law enforcement partners and approved by the FBI, the UCR Program retired the SRS and transitioned to a NIBRS-only data collection on January 1, 2021. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to start implementing NIBRS now. The FBI remains committed to assisting all agencies in making the switch.
When used to its full potential, NIBRS identifies, with precision, when and where crime takes place, what form it takes, and the characteristics of its victims and perpetrators. Armed with such information, law enforcement can better define the resources it needs to fight crime, as well as use those resources in the most efficient and effective manner. NIBRS:
- Provides greater specificity in reporting offenses. Not only does NIBRS look at all of the offenses within an incident, but it also looks at many more offenses than the traditional SRS does. NIBRS collects data for 52 offenses, plus 10 additional offenses for which only arrests are reported. SRS counts limited data for 10 offenses and 20 additional crimes for which only arrests are reported.
- Collects more detailed information, including incident date and time, whether reported offenses were attempted or completed, expanded victim types, relationships of victims to offenders and offenses, demographic details, location data, property descriptions, drug types and quantities, the offender’s suspected use of drugs or alcohol, the involvement of gang activity, and whether a computer was used in the commission of the crime.
- Helps give context to specific crime problems such as drug/narcotics and sex offenses, as well as issues like animal cruelty, identity theft, and computer hacking.
- Provides greater analytic flexibility. Through NIBRS, data users can see many more facets of crime, as well as relationships and connections among these facets, than SRS provides.
Learn more about the benefits of NIBRS participation.
The Road to NIBRS
Is your agency ready to transition to NIBRS? Here’s how to get there:
- Procure NIBRS software/hardware
- Determine if FBI or state-specific tech specs will be used
- Map state statutes to NIBRS offense codes
- Establish a records management system (RMS) capable of capturing NIBRS
- Implement NIBRS RMS
- Pretest data against NIBRS validation rules
- Attain NIBRS certification
- Message NIBRS success
NIBRS Toolbox for Law Enforcement
- NIBRS publications
- NIBRS documentation (tech specs, user manual, data tools, etc.)
- NIBRS 101 Video
- FBI letter regarding transition to NIBRS-only data collection
- Letter of support from major law enforcement organizations
- BJS and NCS-X resources
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and NCS-X
- CJIS Advisory Policy Board