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Nixa Police update the way crimes are counted

Post Date:10/18/2019 12:22 PM

The Nixa Police Department is transitioning its system for reporting crime statistics from the old Summary Reporting System (SRS) to a new, more thorough method known as National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

Exciting changes are under way in how crime is counted and reported in the United States. The transition is driven by demand for more accurate and detailed crime stats. The FBI is pushing law enforcement agencies around the country to transition to NIBRS by January 1, 2021. This transition will expand the crime analysis capabilities not only at the local level, but also at the state and federal levels.

Nixa was picked to receive federal grant money to be among a select group of agencies to make the transition to NIBRS ahead of the rest of the nation. The grant funding means that Nixa taxpayers do not have to foot the bill for this transition. Nixa, Springfield, Greene County, and other regional agencies are transitioning together to this new crime reporting system. The new software (Niche Report Management System) which enables us to comply with NIBRS standards also allows our regional agencies to share information more easily. The enhanced statistical data from this new reporting system will also allow Nixa Police to use resources more strategically and effectively.

Nixa, as an early adopter of NIBRS, will see an increase in statistics, but that will not necessarily mean that our community experienced an increase in crime. Rather than only counting the highest chargeable offense related to a particular incident which may have actually involved multiple crimes, the new system allows us to count each offense related to the incident. For example, if in a single incident, someone steals your personal property and then assaults you, we would have previously only been able to report the assault as a crime stat, because it was the higher offense. The new system means we would report both the theft and the assault for statistical purposes.

The expanded reporting standards and capabilities means officers will now have the expectation to spend more time completing more thorough reports than our previous system would have allowed. The Nixa Police Department is re-training all staff to be able to use the new system.