2014 Edition of the National Incident-Based Reporting System

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released the 2014 report of the the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). 

2014 NIBRS is data-rich: not only does it cover 4,759,438 incidents involving 5,489,485 offenses, but it also provides details such as “location, time of day, relationship between victim and offender, and whether the incident was cleared. The report is also labeled as “newly expanded”, compared to previous years. The major feature is an interactive map, which also provides detailed crime statistics. 

Even though the data is broader and deeper than previous years, it is starkly noted that approximately only one-third of U.S. law enforcement agencies are participating and reporting to NIBRS. As discussed in the press release, FBI Director James Comey has prioritized the implementation of NIBRS across the board for law enforcement agencies. Taken from his recent speech at the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago, “How can we address a rise in violent crime without good information? And without information, every single conversation in this country about policing and reform and justice is uninformed, and that is a very bad place to be.”

Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/2014-edition-of-the-national-incident-based-reporting-system