UCR Technical Specifications, User Manuals, and Data Tools
These technical specifications, user manuals, and data tools provide instructions to assist law enforcement agencies in submitting Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data either through state UCR programs or directly to the FBI. Explanations for documents relative to each data collection or initiative follow.
As the UCR Program transitions to a NIBRS-only data collection, changes have been implemented at the national level, though not all have been adopted by state and local agencies at this time. Applicable specifications are identified below.
The PE Information Collection captures an annual count of full-time sworn male and female law enforcement officers and the total number of full-time male and female civilian employees as of October 31 of the reporting year. This document is applicable for all law enforcement agencies regardless of whether they submit UCR data via NIBRS or Summary.
- Police Employee Technical Specification (Version 1.7)
Most current release for Police Employee data submission instructions to assist all law enforcement agencies in submitting PE data to the UCR Program.
Collects aggregate counts of the number of occurrences of Part I offenses, as well as arrest data for both Part I offenses and Part II offenses in monthly summary reports. These documents are applicable through the retirement of the SRS.
- SRS User Manual (Version 1.0)
Describes how SRS offenses are to be classified, scored, and reported to the UCR Program.
SRS Technical Specification is available upon request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captures detailed data for crimes motivated by bias against victims’ perceived race, ethnicity, or ancestry; gender or gender identity; religion; disability; and sexual orientation.
- Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual (Version 3.0)
Removes the information for reporting Hate Crime data via the SRS, adds federal and tribal offenses, as well as anti-Asian training scenarios. Revises sexual orientation training scenarios to incorporate non-binary verbiage.
Hate Crime Technical Specification is available upon request via email to email@example.com.
Collects statistics on the criminal taking of cargo that is moving in commerce at all points. The objective is to capture the essence of the national cargo theft crime problem and its negative effect on the economy of the United States.
- Cargo Theft User Manual (Version 1.0)
Addresses policy and provides information regarding the types of offenses that constitute a cargo theft incident, how to identify a cargo theft, and guidelines for reporting cargo theft.
Cargo Theft Technical Specification is available upon request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the request of the law enforcement community, the FBI established the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.
The UCR QAR is an assessment of state and federal UCR programs and their compliance to the standards and guidelines of the FBI’s UCR Program.
QARs are administered on a triennial cycle to state and federal UCR programs with law enforcement agencies reporting data according to NIBRS specifications. The objective of the QAR is to evaluate the validity of reported crime data as specified by the FBI’s UCR Program resource materials.
For more information on the QAR process, please read: