$10M available for crime-reporting systems
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 22, 2000
States can now apply to the U.S. Department of Justice for a share of $10
million in awards to update systems for a more thorough and uniform FBI-sanctioned
criminal justice reporting system.
The $10 million is the first appropriation under the Crime Identification
Technology Act of 1998, which provides funding to states in cooperation
with local governments and tribes that want to participate in the new National
Incident-Based Reporting System.
The system is the FBI's new approach to a uniform crime reporting system
that moves beyond statistics used in the former program.
The NIBRS keeps track of individual records for each crime incident
and arrest, collecting offense, offender, victim, property and arrest data.
The system collects data on 22 crime categories covering 46 offenses, compared
with the eight offenses gathered in the former system.
States must apply for the awards on behalf of cities and counties. If
a locality receives an award, the state can receive some money for administrative
costs, according to Carol Kaplan, chief of the Criminal History Record Improvement
Program. No state can receive more than $1 million.
Most of the localities will use the money to upgrade current reporting
systems and training on new ways to collect the larger amount of data, Kaplan