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Illinois Blueprint and Transition from Summary to Incident Based Reporting

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $506,250)

The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) is an effort to expand the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) into a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics. BJS and the FBI are implementing NCS-X with the support of other Department of Justice agencies, including the Office for Victims of Crime. The goal of NCS-X is to enroll a sample of 400 scientifically selected law enforcement agencies to submit data to NIBRS; when these 400 new NIBRS-reporting agencies are combined with the more than 6,300 agencies that reported to NIBRS as of 2013, the nation will have a nationally representative system of incident-based crime statistics drawn from the operational data systems of local police departments. These incident-based data will draw upon the attributes and circumstances of criminal incidents and allow for more detailed and transparent descriptions of crime in communities. The current mechanism by which local law enforcement (LE) agencies report data to the FBI’s NIBRS, in general, is for local LE agencies to submit data to their state UCR reporting program, and then for the state UCR program to report those data to the FBI. While the FBI does accept NIBRS data directly from a small number of law enforcement agencies, the highly preferred route of reporting is through the state UCR program. Funding from 2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program will help states to develop a comprehensive plan to expand their current capacity to report incident-based crime data to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) or if the state has no NIBRS reporting, to plan how the state will create a state NIBRS program. The plan to transition local agencies to NIBRS reporting requires enhancing the “state pipeline” in order to ensure that each state’s Uniform Crime Reporting program is capable of receiving and processing local incident-based crime data.

Using funds from the current grant program, the Illinois State Police (ISP) project will include developing a blueprint for establishing a state IBR program that meets state crime reporting requirements and has the capacity to accept and process incident data from all of the NCS-X sample agencies in the state, including the Chicago Police Department. ISP plans to eventually transition the entire state of IL to IBR and will evaluate the needs at the state program that will support that eventual move to all IBR.

Currently, the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (I-UCR) Program, housed at ISP, collects aggregate totals of criminal offenses, in accordance with the Federal UCR Program Summary Reporting System (SRS) standard. Illinois currently has no statewide incident-based program or associated infrastructure in place and, at current, the state collects a modified version of the SRS which is not fully compliant with the UCR program standard. Since 2010, significant efforts have been underway to correct the existing summary system and increase compliant reporting.

Under the proposed project, ISP develop a comprehensive plan for eventual implementation of NIBRS/IBR in IL. Using a detailed Concept of Operations (ConOps) built on work previously done with ISP staff and the NCS-X Team; the ISP will develop a blueprint for transitioning the state to NIBRS/IBR reporting that will include, at a minimum: 1) technical solution recommendations, 2) program resource requirements, 3) an implementation plan, and 4) budget/funding assessments to include long-term sustainability.


Date Created: September 19, 2016