DPD Announces Upcoming Transition to NIBRS

Update June 29, 2018, at 2:00 pm:

Public Service Announcement – NIBRS Reporting – July 1, 2018

In 2015, the Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board (APB) approved the recommendation to move from the traditional Summary Reporting System and replace it with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) by January 1, 2021. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s transition from summary to incident-based data will establish NIBRS as the national standard for crime reporting.

The Dallas Police Department is proud to announce that it certified as an IBR agency in May 2018 using the March 2018 data.  The Dallas Police Department is now the largest agency in the nation certified to submit NIBRS data.  Dallas is a national leader!

Using the NIBRS data, the Dallas Police Department can identify patterns and trends and have a more comprehensive overview of crime statistics within the city.  This new way of data collection will serve a two-fold purpose.  First, NIBRS reporting will help the Dallas Police Department prevent crime and have more informed conversations with the community on crime reduction.  Secondly, NIBRS reporting will allow the Dallas Police Department to present a more transparent overview of crime and social issues within the city.  Overall, NIBRS reporting will have a cumulative effect on combating crime issues as well as solving quality of life issues.

What NIBRS reporting means to the Dallas Police Department:

  • More comprehensive data collection
  • Increased transparency in crime reporting
  • Accessibility to a wider range of crime data
  • Crime data modernization

The Dallas Police Department will now have a more precise knowledge of where crimes take place, what form it takes, and characteristics of victims and perpetrators so it can better define the resources it needs to fight crime.   NIBRS reporting will also allow the identification of common crime trends among similar jurisdictions allowing agencies to work together to develop proactive strategies for addressing issues.

What NIBRS reporting means to the citizens of Dallas:

  • Enhanced accountability to the citizens of the status of public safety within the city
  • Improved communication to the citizens regarding the efficient use of city resources
  • More transparency to the citizens with more detailed crime reporting

The transparency in crime reporting that NIBRS offers will allow the community and the citizens more seats at the table when voicing their needs, concerns and expectations to the city leaders.  Accountability and service are the driving factors that facilitate the need for NIBRS reporting.

What to expect:

  • Dallas Police Department will discontinue Summary reporting. This aspect of crime reporting will no longer be available.
  • Our public police data portal has been updated and new information is now available.
  • Soon, the Dallas Police Department will release the new reporting format for the NIBRS data.

What’s next:

  • Your local Neighborhood Patrol Officers will be able to provide more in-depth information regarding NIBRS during upcoming crime watch meetings and community events.

What you can do to help:

The Dallas Police Department has created a NIBRS “Question and Answer” email link:

DPDNIBRSQA@dallascityhall.com

 Once a week the Dallas Police Department will post the frequently asked questions and answers on the Department’s website which is DALLASPOLICE.NET so that the community can have hands on involvement with the new reporting format.  Also, please feel free to email us any comments, concerns, or suggestions, as our core goal is to be of service and benefit to the citizens of Dallas.

An informed community is a solid community, therefore, we have provided links for more information regarding NIBRS reporting.  Our success in service to the community depends on educating the public, transparency, and providing a platform for open communication. Please visit the following links for further information on NIBRS reporting.

https://www.dps.texas.gov/ucr/index.htm

https://ucr.fbi.gov/nibrs-overview

https://ucr.fbi.gov/

http://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/crime_records/pages/crimestatistics.htm

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Update March 5, 2018, at 2:00 pm: 

The Dallas Police Department and the City Communications and Information Systems (CIS) would like to thank the citizens and businesses of Dallas for your support and patience during the upgrade of our reporting system and Dallas Police Public Data Portal.  We have diligently worked through the process to get the upgrades completed and making the Dallas Police Public Data Portal available to the public again.  The upgraded portal will be released to the public on Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Although the reports will start going out again on Thursday, March 8th, the data will still be dynamic as the reports are starting to be worked by detectives.


Original Post January 8, 2018:

The Dallas Police Department Uniform Crime Reporting Team (UCR) will continue to reconcile the files and ensure that all reports have been transitioned into the upgraded system.  UCR will verify and validate the data to ensure accurate reporting.

CIS will continue to work on the virtual viewer and this part of the portal will be available on Monday, March 11, 2018.

In 2015, the Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board (APB) approved the recommendation to move from the traditional Summary Reporting System and replace it with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) by January 1, 2021. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s transition from summary to incident-based data will establish NIBRS as the national standard for crime reporting.

The Dallas Police Department is proud to announce their upcoming transition to NIBRS reporting in early 2018. 

Once NIBRS certified, the Dallas Police Department will be the largest agency in the state of Texas submitting NIBRS data.

Using the NIBRS data, the Dallas Police Department can identify patterns and trends and have a more comprehensive overview of crime statistics within the city.  This new way of data collection will serve a two-fold purpose.  First, NIBRS reporting will help the Dallas Police Department prevent crime and have more informed conversations with the community on crime reduction.  Secondly, NIBRS reporting will allow the Dallas Police Department to present a more transparent overview of crime and social issues within the city.  Overall, NIBRS reporting will have a cumulative effect on combating crime issues as well as solving quality of life issues.

The Dallas Police Department will continue to provide summary reporting.  This aspect of crime reporting will not be going away.  The Dallas Police Department plans to run both methods of reporting for side by side comparisons for at least one year.

What the NIBRS transition means to the Dallas Police Department:

  • More comprehensive data collection
  • More transparent crime reporting
  • More accessibility to crime data
  • Crime data modernization

The Dallas Police Department will have a more precise knowledge of where crimes take place, what form it takes, and characteristics of victims and perpetrators so it can better define the resources it needs to fight crime.   This transition will also allow the identification of common crime trends among similar jurisdictions allowing agencies to work together to develop proactive strategies for addressing issues.

What the NIBRS transition means to the citizens of Dallas:

  • More accountability to the citizens of the status of public safety within the city
  • More accountability to the citizens of the most efficient and effective use of city resources
  • More transparency to the citizens with crime reporting

The transparency in crime reporting that NIBRS offers will allow the community and the citizens more seats at the table when voicing their needs, concerns and expectations to the city leaders.  Accountability and service are the driving factors that facilitate the need for this transition.

What to expect during the NIBRS transition phase:

  • There will be a small black-out period during the transition process
  • There will be a slight delay in processing report requests
  • The dates for the black-out period will be announced when we approach the end stages of the preparation period

*Please note:  Our public police data portal will not be updated during the black-out period while the department is upgrading the system.  No new information will be available during this black-out time.  Upon going live, the information of incidents that occurred during the black-out period will be made available to the public portal as well as information going forward.

What’s next:

  • The Dallas Police Department will send updates on the progress of the transition as it moves closer to the changeover date. This will include the anticipated length of the black-out period referenced above.
  • A “Save the Date” notice will be forthcoming in the near future for our media release on the NIBRS transition
  • The Dallas Police Department will have officers in the community getting more information to the citizens as we move forward with this transition

How you can help:

The Dallas Police Department has created a NIBRS “Question and Answer” email link:

DPDNIBRSQA@dallascityhall.com

Once a week, the Dallas Police Department will post the frequently asked questions and answers on the Department’s website, which is DALLASPOLICE.NET, so that the community can have hands on involvement during this very important transition.  Also, please feel free to email us any suggestions as our core goal is to be of service to the citizens of Dallas.