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 Colorado Crime Stats and by the FBI to produce the Crime in the United States, and NIBRS publications.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
New Look to CBI’s 2017 Colorado Crime Stats
(September 27, 2018—CBI—Lakewood, CO)—There’s a new name and look for the state’s annual crime statistics published by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The Colorado Crime Stats system (formerly the Crime in Colorado report) includes crime statistics reported by 245 law enforcement agencies across Colorado.
The new format transitions the state of Colorado to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which offers extensive information about each crime. This differs from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) that was part of previous Crime in Colorado reports. In the former Summary Reporting System, each criminal incident was summarized to the single most serious offense, whereas NIBRS counts each crime committed in a given incident. As a result, NIBRS statistics generally provide counts greater than the Summary Reporting System. It’s important to know that this is not necessarily an indication of more crime, only greater detail regarding the crimes committed.
Because NIBRS data is collected differently from the older reporting method used for Crime in Colorado, the CBI will be removing Crime in Colorado links and allowing users to use the Colorado Crime Stats system to compare NIBRS data collected for each year dating back to 2013.
There are a number of benefits of transitioning to this new reporting:
- A NIBRS-based public report allows the statistics collected by law enforcement agencies to be presented in the manner in which they were collected, without the CBI having to convert the data from NIBRS to the Summary Reporting System.
- The FBI intends to migrate the nation to NIBRS completely in the next three years, and already provides some NIBRS reports to the public. This change aligns the CBI with this FBI initiative.
- The new system allows law enforcement agencies to correct errors to their reported statistics as needed, which will provide visitors with the most updated crime data. The former Crime in Colorado report was a static document and did not allow for changes or updates.
- Colorado Crime Stats allows visitors to the site to view dozens of existing reports or to build customized reports for a more robust review of statewide crime data.
The CBI expects there to be a period of adjustment in understanding the applications of the new system for both law enforcement and the public. The CBI Crime Information Management Unit has identified a team to provide support through online videos provided by the vendor and customer assistance.
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