Essay about Similarities And Differences Between Ucr And Nibrs

1384 Words Nov 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Compare and contrast the two primary crime data sources used in the United States, i.e., the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
Frantz Petitpapa
AMU

Abstract
The Uniform crime reporting (UCR) system is a system used to report crimes in a particular jurisdiction, to the FBI. This is done in a summary form and tallies up the amount of times a particular crime occurs from both Part I and Part II arrests. National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), on the other hand, uses individual crime occurrences and is reported based on individual incidences. This research paper is intended to outline the similarities and differences between UCR and NIBRS. I will also be covering the benefits and short comings of each system, as well as some historical information regarding the establishment of each system.

The uniform crime reporting system was developed in the 1920’s as a method to report criminal incidents based on jurisdictions throughout the United States. This system was formulated to help the government asses the nature of crimes and associate such crimes to particular geographical jurisdictions. The main idea of UCR was to provide law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI with relevant, objective and accurate statistics to keep the users of the UCR more informed about crime and criminal statistics and to aid in the possible development of better policies and assist in decision making regarding police action…

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