Justice sends $12M in grants to states for crime reporting systems

Justice sends $12M in grants to states for crime reporting systems

By Wilson Dizard III

GCN Staff

JULY 3'The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI awarded $11.7 million to 24 states to upgrade systems for reporting crime data to the federal National Incident Based Reporting System. Justice Statistics also announced that it plans to award an additional $1.4 million to Minnesota and New York in the next few weeks so those states can align their crime reporting systems with NIBRS.

The grants will help the states increase the number of categories of crime statistics from the eight simple summary counts'murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, car theft and arson'permitted by the current Uniform Crime Reporting System, which was launched in 1930.

By contrast, NIBRS will track up to 46 types of offenses. It will also record data about victims and offenders, and the circumstances surrounding crimes.

Under program regulations, states will be able to use the grants to fund systems upgrades and training for NIBRS specialists, develop or lease software for NIBRS compliance, and attend NIBRS conferences. States may also transfer the money to local governments and keep a 5 percent administration fee for doing so.

The feds are encouraging nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies to adopt NIBRS reporting standards.

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