New year brings new changes to crime reporting system

Posted 1/6/21

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Starting with the new year, Clay County changed to the National Incident-Based Reporting System after the FBI required U.S law enforcement agencies to transition from the …

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New year brings new changes to crime reporting system

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Starting with the new year, Clay County changed to the National Incident-Based Reporting System after the FBI required U.S law enforcement agencies to transition from the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s Summary Reporting System.

The transition is part of a major initiative to improve crime data collection by law enforcement. NIBRS will capture details on each single crime incident – as well as on separate offenses within the same incident – including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees and property involved in crimes. Unlike data reported through the UCR Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System – and aggregate monthly tally of crimes – NIBRS goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared. Essentially NIBRS is a more detailed and comprehensive system than SRS.

Using NIBRS, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office can collect more robust data and details of crimes and identify patterns and trends, and have a more comprehensive overview of crime statistics within the county. This new way of data collection will have a cumulative effect on combating crime issues and solving the quality-of-life issues. As a result of this change in reporting, crime statistics will show increased numbers; however, this does not mean crime rates are up.

What the NIBRS transition means to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office:

• More comprehensive data collection

• More transparent crime reporting

• More accessibility to crime data

• Crime data modernization

“The NIBRS transition allows the sheriff’s office to identify common crime trends among similar jurisdictions allowing agencies to work together to develop proactive strategies for addressing issues,” Sheriff Michelle Cook said.

For more information about NIBRS, click or go to the link below https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ucr/nibrs#The-Road%20to%20NIBRS.

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