The goal of the NCS-X project is to increase the number of agencies that report data to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) managed by the FBI so that nationally representative estimates of crime can be created.
Spearheaded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and supported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NCS-X works to expand the reporting of more detailed crime incident data among law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
NCS-X Goal: Increase the number of law enforcement agencies that report data to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) so that estimates of crime can be created at a national level. If an additional 400 selected law enforcement agencies begin reporting NIBRS data, then information could be generated describing the nature of crime, victimization, and law enforcement operations, which assists policymakers as they evaluate community needs, assess the impacts of programs, and seek to make efficient use of resources.
A quick overview of NIBRS, describing how it differs from previous crime data reporting efforts.
“NIBRS is the pathway to richer crime statistics that can improve our ability to address the important issues we face today. As we move forward, the transition from the SRS to the NIBRS is crucial to our success in providing better, more meaningful national crime data."
–FBI Director James Comey (2016)
“The FBI may be correct in encouraging NIBRS over UCR [Summary]. UCR [Summary] is more focused on the aggregate of 10 offense categories and NIBRS has 24 offense categories. NIBRS will provide you more information on who, what, when, and where and sometimes why of a crime. NIBRS will give you more comprehensive and accurate data.”
-Annie Gainous Thompson, Crime Analysis Program Manager, Fairfax County Police Department (2016)