Leading the Nation's Transition to NIBRS

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.

What is NIRBS?

A quick overview of NIBRS, describing how it differs from previous crime data reporting efforts.

Broad Support from Law Enforcement Officials & Organizations

  • FBI Director James Comey announced that its UCR Summary program will be sunset, effective January 2021. Director Comey delivered this message at IACP conference in 2015
  • The effort to modernize the nation’s crime statistics and move to NIBRS is supported by IACP, Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and the Major County Sheriffs' Association (MCSA). Joint statement here


  • Technical

    • Local LE Agency Playbook – Step by step “How To” guide on thinking through assessing business practices and RMS solutions to be able to report NIBRS
    • FBI NIBRS Technical Spec’s & IEPD
    • Samples of RFP’s for RMS systems that are NIBRS compatible.
  • Preparing for a Transition

    • Readiness assessment forms
      • Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) RMS
      • In-House RMS
    • Case studies and lessons learned from other agencies
      • Seattle PD
      • Montgomery County Police Dept
      • Kansas City (MO) Police Dept
      • Fort Worth PD
  • Engaging the Public

  • Media Press Kit: Can be adapted/used to educating the media & elected/appointed officials about changes in crime reporting and how that might affect crime statistics. Sample press releases are also available.
Coming Soon!

“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)

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