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2017 NIBRS Conversion - Baltimore County, Maryland

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $970,880)

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 6,600 agencies that reported to NIBRS as of 2015, 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. The FY2017 Phase V solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing funding to the largest agencies in the NCS-X sample in order to assist these agencies to transition to NIBRS reporting or to develop a comprehensive plan for transitioning to NIBRS reporting via the state pipeline. Specifically, funding under this solicitation targeted the NCS-X sample of agencies with 750 or more sworn officers that are not currently reporting crime data to NIBRS.

Under the current award, Baltimore County PD will tackle the technical, operational, and policy modifications required to support NIBRS reporting. BCPD will establish several workgroups to oversee aspects of the NIBRS transition. A contractor will oversee project management, procured through a firm that has worked with BCPD in the past and has already participated in the competitive bid process required by the state/local government. Much of the project management work will center around overseeing vendor-led upgrades to or replacements of police data systems, specifically the: 1) record management system (RMS) that records the crime incident data; 2) warrant/summons system that records arrest and other clearance related data; 3) booking modules that integrate arrestee information with the RMS incident data; 4) citizen reporting module, which is the citizen initiated version of the police RMS for capturing crime incident data; and 5) RMS incident-validation and data extraction functions.

Date Created: September 20, 2017