National Incident Based Reporting

National Incident Based Reporting

The Center provides both the network and computer infrastructure to maintain a relational database implementation of the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data, containing data from 1995 to 2010.  This relational database has enabled Center researchers to extract a wealth of information from NIBRS and perform analyses not possible with the raw data, including examining the growing use of computers in crime and conducting studies to see how NIBRS data has changed over time as states have adopted new NIBRS compliant systems for operational use and additional jurisdictions participate in NIBRS reporting.   Currently, Center researchers are exploring how to update the relational database to track crimes where digital devices play an increasingly significant role.  The Center provides criminal justice researchers at John Jay College with access to NIBRS data, and has been studying mechanisms for making the data more widely available to criminologists and criminal justice researchers.

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