Colorado Crime Statistics (UCR)
The Colorado Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) is a statewide, cooperative statistical effort of county, state, university and college law enforcement agencies (LEAs) reporting data on offenses, arrests, and recovered property. The Colorado UCR Program was designed in 1975 as an integral part of the Colorado Computerized Criminal Justice Information System and is administered by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The UCR Program was designed under the guidance of the CCIC Board of Executive Directors (BED). The Board is comprised of sheriffs, chiefs of police, and state level criminal justice administrators. The program began in January 1976 with the collection of monthly UCR Summary data from participating law enforcement agencies. In 1994, the CBI adopted the national incident-based standards. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) certified the CBI for the submission of the National Incident-Based Reporting Status (NIBRS) data in 1997. It is the responsibility of the CBI to collect and verify data submitted by local LEAs and forward all error-free data to the FBI. Colorado Revised Statute 24-33.5-412(5) mandates the submission of uniform crime data to the CBI.
Since 1930, the FBI has administered the national UCR Program and continues to assess and monitor the nature and type of crime in the nation. The program’s primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation and management. UCR data have become one of the country’s leading social indicators. Criminologists, sociologists, legislators, municipal planners, the media, special interest groups, and other students of criminal justice use the data for varied research and planning purposes.
The purpose of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is to identify where and when a crime takes place, what form it takes, and the characteristics of its victims and perpetrators. This data allows law enforcement to strengthen its case, to acquire the resources it needs to fight crime and to use those resources in the most efficient and effective manner. This data is used by CBI to produce Crime in Colorado and by the FBI to produce the Crime in the United States, and NIBRS publications.
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