IACP Passes Resolution in Support of the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative

January 7, 2014

Sarah Guy
703-647-7226 or guy@theiacp.org

IACP Passes Resolution in Support of the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative

Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has passed a resolution that supports the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in implementing the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X).

The NCS-X initiative, which is being spearheaded by the BJS, with the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other Department of Justice agencies, is undertaking efforts to extend the ability to report more detailed information about crime in the United States. The goal of the NCS-X is to increase the number of agencies that report data to the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) so that nationally representative estimates of crime, based on detailed incident data, can be generated.

Research indicates that if an additional 400 scientifically selected law enforcement agencies could begin reporting NIBRS data, then nationally representative estimates regarding the nature of crime, criminality, victimization, and law enforcement operations could be generated from NIBRS—helping policy makers evaluate the needs of their communities, assess the impact of programs and initiatives, and guide public policy development and government investments.

A team of organizations, including the IACP, is working with the BJS and the FBI to implement the NCS-X initiative. Activities include reaching out to all 50 states to learn more about their state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and incident-based reporting programs, making initial contacts with the 400 sampled law enforcement agencies, and introducing the NCS-X to stakeholders in the law enforcement community. The benefit of the approach contemplated by the NCS-X program is that it leverages existing incident reporting programs and data standards to efficiently harvest automated, incident-based data to augment the NIBRS program for nationally representative estimates of crime.

The passage of the IACP resolution in support of the NSC-X initiative will help further the efforts of BJS by encouraging law enforcement agencies to report and share data to NIBRS. A copy of the IACP resolution can be viewed at http://www.theiacp.org/ViewResult?SearchID=2348.

About the Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee
The Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee (CJIS) is the central coordination point for data and information sharing and information management systems. The CJIS Committee serves as the primary liaison with the FBI on all issues involving information sharing efforts including the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the NIBRS, the National Data Exchange (N-DEx), and Regional Data Exchange (R-DEx).

About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

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