You’re got questions about the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s transition from the Summary Reporting System to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). We’ve got answers. Thirty of them, in fact.
The FBI is responding to law enforcement’s call to upgrade and update the nation’s crime statistics with this transition, which takes effect on January 1, 2021. Switching to a NIBRS-only data collection will improve the nation’s crime data through rich details and greater specificity of offenses. Naturally, some law enforcement officials, public leaders, researchers, and the general public may have questions about why this is happening, how it will affect crime statistics, or other matters of concern. We’ve anticipated some of these questions with a compilation of 30 Questions and Answers About NIBRS Transition.