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NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program for Local Law Enforcement

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $243,107)

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 currently report to NIBRS, 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 FY2018 solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing funding to the remaining states and local agencies in the NCS-X sample in order to assist them transition to NIBRS reporting.

The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has 320 sworn officers and 120 civilian employees. The county covers about 221 square miles that includes the Fort Benning Military Base. MCSO serves a population of approximately 200,000.

MCSO still uses a DOS-based system for UCR reporting. The Columbus Police Department is already using the Motorola PremierOne record management system (RMS); the sheriff’s office would like to use the same RMS, since the city and county operate as a consolidated government. As such, the infrastructure is largely in place and the funds are requested for provisioning MCSO an instance of the PremierOne. Requested funding covers RMS installation, project management and train the trainer set up, as well as CAD software/hardware installation to enable NIBRS data to be entered via a CAD application.


Date Created: September 29, 2018