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National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently placed an item of interest online. This item concerns a joint Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and FBI effort to create individual records on each crime reported. "Under NIBRS, law enforcement authorities will provide information to the FBI on each criminal incident in 22 broad categories of offenses that occur in their jurisdiction." As part of an effort to encourage the use of this data, the BJS offers several resources at this site. The first is a project description and link to the main site of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. The second is the Incident-Based Reporting Resource Center, which provides information on accessing and using incident-based reporting data for the analysis of crime and reporting of justice statistics. The third is a collection of standardized incident-based table shells (in .pdf and .xls format) used for presenting crime data.
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