Uniform Crime Reporting


Uniform Crime Reporting Program

NRS 179A.078 provides for the Public Safety Director to establish a uniform program for reporting crime. The purpose of the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program is to systematically collect and analyze statistical information related to crime and delinquency. The published information can be used by a wide variety of sources, both public and private. The crime data are submitted through the state UCR Program to the national UCR Program, which is administered by the FBI.

    The program's focus is to provide a better understanding of crime in Nevada which will, in turn, assist criminal justice administrators, practitioners, and academics to plan, budget, and provide services to the public. Participation by all criminal justice agencies in the state program is necessary to remain in compliance with both Nevada Revised Statute 179A.075 and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting requirements.

      The Nevada UCR program, housed within the Records Bureau, collects crime statistics from state law enforcement agencies and publishes the results for use in national and state summaries. It publishes the Crime in Nevada Annual Report and forwards the statistics to the FBI for inclusion in national reports. The UCR program provides a standardized form for police to report all index crimes, domestic violence incidents and crimes against the elderly within their jurisdiction.

        National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

        The state’s data is currently reported to the FBI using the Summary Reporting System (SRS) methodology. The law enforcement community called for a thorough study of UCR with the objective of recommending an expanded and enhanced program to meet future law enforcement needs. Following a multiyear study, a "Blueprint for the Future of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program" was developed. New guidelines for UCR were formulated using this “Blueprint" and collaborating with local and state law enforcement executives.

          Beginning January 1, 2021, the FBI UCR Program will move to an electronic-only National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) methodology. NIBRS is being implemented to meet these new UCR guidelines. Due to the new requirements, all agencies in the state must transition from submitting crime statistics to the state via SRS methodology to using the NIBRS methodology. NIBRS provides a more detailed level of information for crime statistics than what is gathered in Nevada today. 

            The vision for NIBRS is for it to become the law enforcement community’s standard for quantifying crime, further supporting the mission for the FBI UCR Program to generate reliable information to optimize management, training, planning, and research.