"It has been suggested that information is the true currency of our modern age. Knowing-and using that knowledge for decision making, planning, and simple situational awareness-is vital to crime-related problem solving in our society. [...] Making the across-the-board implementation of NIBRS [National Incident-Based Reporting System] by law enforcement a priority reflects the FBI's commitment to collecting deeper, more useful statistics that will provoke constructive discussion, measured planning, and informed policing. NIBRS, with its data-rich incident-based collection, can provide those statistics.
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