New Crime Reporting Process (National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
As of September 3, 2019, the Albany Police Department converted from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to be in compliance with the directive from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. All agencies that reported their crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had to be NIBRS compliant by October 1, 2019. Due to this conversion, we were unable to post our crime statistics for the last quarter of 2019 until we had comparable data. I have included information to explain what NIBRS is and how it can be used by any law enforcement agency.
National Incident Based Reporting System
The UCR Program was initiated and developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 1930 and congressional approval authorized the FBI to serve as the national clearinghouse for statistical information on crime. Because UCR is a summary-based-reporting system, data about individual crime incidents are not readily available. The summary-based methodology despite its reliability, is limited in many aspects including a lack of information on offenses, arrests and victim/offender relationships.
Recognizing those limitations, the FBI created the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). NIBRS collects data on each incident and arrest in 24 offense categories made up of 52 specific crimes called Group A offenses that include specific facts about each crime reported to local law enforcement. Additionally, there are 10 Group B offense categories for which only arrest data are reported. Each NIBRS offense belongs in one of three categories: Crimes against persons, Crimes against property, and Crimes against society.
In UCR reporting, the Hierarchy Rule requires LEAs to report only the most serious offense per incident; therefore, they do not report lower-listed offenses in multiple-offense incidents. For NIBRS, LEAs must report all offenses within a particular crime. For example, an incident can include the crimes of Rape, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Kidnapping/Abduction. LEAS must ensure that each offense is reported as a separate, distinct crime and not just a part of another offense.
Benefit of NIBRS: NIBRS is an indispensable tool in the war against crime because it is capable of producing detailed, accurate, and meaningful data. NIBRS identifies with precision when and where crime takes place, what form it takes, and the characteristics of its victims and perpetrators. Armed with this information law enforcement can better define the resources it needs to fight crime, as well as use the resources in the most efficient and effective manner. NIBRS 101
NIBRS 101, The transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) will improve the accuracy and timeliness of our nation’s crime statistics, help identify crime patterns and trends, and aid in crime prevention. Find More Information at More About NIBRS
Albany Police Department Crime
The Albany Police Department Crime Analysis Unit is pleased to provide the Albany Police Department's crime statistics via the World Wide Web. Here you will find the Albany Police Department's current and archived Monthly Crime Statistics Reports. Our Crime Analyst, in conjunction with our Support Services Division Records Section, produces monthly crime reports. The Command Staff utilizes the monthly reports during the weekly Computer Statistics (COMPSTAT) meetings held internally at the Albany Police Department. During those meetings, statistics are poured over by the staff and plans are made to combat current problems identified during the sessions. The Records Section also reports the crime data to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Georgia Criminal Information Center, which ultimately says our crime data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our monthly statistics are a "snapshot" of the records in our computer, which are continually changing as cases are worked and crimes solved. Therefore, the Albany Police Department makes no guarantees or warranties on the accuracy of the data
Albany Police Department Monthly Data Reports/2019
Albany Police Department Monthly Data Reports/2018
Historical Crime Data: