National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS): Benefits and Issues [February 1, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "Since 1930, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program has collected and published nationwide crime statistics. State and local law enforcement agencies, as well as federal agencies, voluntarily submit data on reported crimes that occur in their jurisdictions to UCR. UCR then compiles and publishes the data, and provides datasets and some trend analyses in a standardized format that legislators, researchers, and law enforcement agencies can access to better understand and address crime in the United States. The UCR program previously collected crime data from federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement through the older Summary Reporting System (SRS) and the more recently introduced National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). On January 1, 2021, the FBI retired the SRS program and will only collect data using NIBRS. This report provides background on the development and adoption of NIBRS as well as details about both the benefits and potential issues related to this change."
CRS Report for Congress, R46668
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/