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Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR)

The objective of the Uniform Crime Reporting program is to produce reliable crime statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management. This information is also available as a measure of the fluctuations in the type and volume of crime in Texas through the collection of data on the ten serious Index Crime Offenses.

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History of UCR

National UCR Program

State of Texas UCR Program

 

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National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

The Texas version of NIBRS, includes all national data elements as well as Texas-specific data. As of July 2018, approximately 870 agencies have committed to transition to NIBRS reporting by August of 2021, the transition date set forth by the FBI. Although many years from full implementation, the State of Texas UCR program is currently collecting information from NIBRS-certified agencies. At this time, there is not a separate publication for IBR data. IBR data is converted to summary for its inclusion in the Crime in Texas report.

Major Differences – Summary vs. NIBRS

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of crime information by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This data is used in law enforcement administration, operation, and management, as well as to indicate the level and nature of crime in the United States.

Unlike the summary-based UCR Program, IBR collects data on each single crime occurrence. NIBRS collects data on each single incident and arrest within 24 offense categories made up of 52 Group A offenses. The offenses that fall into this category are:

  1. Animal Cruelty
  2. Arson
  3. Assault
  4. Bribery
  5. Burglary/Breaking and Entering
  6. Counterfeiting/Forgery
  7. Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
  8. Drug/Narcotic Offenses
  9. Embezzlement
  10. Extortion/Blackmail
  11. Fraud
  12. Gambling
  13. Homicide
  14. Human Trafficking
  15. Kidnapping/Abduction
  16. Larceny/Theft
  17. Motor Vehicle Theft
  18. Pornography/Obscene Material
  19. Prostitution
  20. Robbery
  21. Sex Offenses
  22. Sex Offenses, Non-forcible
  23. Stolen Property
  24. Weapon Law Violations

In addition, there are 10 Group B offense categories for which only arrest data are reported. Most Group B offenses only come to law enforcement attention when arrests are made.

  1. Bad Checks
  2. Curfew/Loitering/Vagrancy Violations
  3. Disorderly Conduct
  4. Driving Under the Influence
  5. Drunkenness
  6. Family Offenses, Nonviolent
  7. Liquor Law Violations
  8. Peeping Tom
  9. Trespass of Real Property
  10. All Other Offenses

Initiatives for NIBRS Transition

FBI Sunset of SRS. The FBI has announced that it will discontinue its support of its Summary Reporting System (SRS) for crime statistics and fully transition to the data-rich NIBRS data collection methodology by January 1, 2021.

Texas Legislation. House Bill 11 (HB11) of the 84th Regular Session introduced the requirement for Texas to begin its transition from a primarily Summary Reporting (SRS) state to a National Incident Based (NIBRS) state, by setting a goal for transition to NIBRS by 2019. While there are some NIBRS contributors within the state, the vast majority are SRS reporting agencies. In an effort to assist agencies in their migration, the Legislature appropriated grant money to the Department, managed by the Office of the Governor, to fund local agency initiatives towards NIBRS compliance.

2017 NIBRS Migration Report to Legislature (PDF)

NIBRS Migration Packet

The Department has put together a series of documents from various sources that will assist agencies in their transition from SRS to NIBRS, as well as answer many of the questions that exist regarding the differences between the two reporting methodologies. The NIBRS Migration Packet includes information regarding steps to migration, the effect NIBRS reporting has on an agency's crime statistics, media kits, etc. This information has been developed by the Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reporting Section, law enforcement, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, specifically the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Project.

NIBRS Helpful Videos:

For additional criminal justice information and on-line access to other resources, please review the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Information Systems.

Questions regarding NIBRS transition can be directed to the DPS UCR NIBRS team at (512) 424-2091 or via email.

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Additional UCR Texas-Centric Collections

Family Violence

Violence within Texas families has been recognized as a growing threat to the safety of Texans. In an effort to quantify the incidents of abuse occurring within Texas families, the 71st Texas Legislature directed the Department of Public Safety to collect information on family violence incidents. This data collection commenced with calendar year 1991.

Hate Crime

Under mandate of state and federal law, in 1992, the Texas UCR program began collecting hate crime information. The Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 directed the U.S. Attorney General to collect data, "about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity." Disability was added to the list of bias categories in 1997.

Shortly after the passage of the national law, the Texas Legislature amended the Texas Government Code to require the Department of Public Safety to, "Establish and maintain a central repository for the collection and analysis of information relating to crimes that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence." The passage of this law impacted every law enforcement agency in Texas through the requirement that, "Local law enforcement agencies shall report offenses described by Subsection (a) in the form and manner and at regular intervals as prescribed by rules adopted by the department."

Sexual Assault

In response to a growing concern about sexual assault incidents, the 80th Texas Legislative Session passed House Bill 76. The Bill requires that Texas DPS establish guidelines and collect, as part of the UCR Program, data about incidents that contain specific sexual assault offenses. Sexual Assault crime data collection began in the calendar year 2008. Special consideration had to be taken to disseminate the data collection guidelines for Sexual Assault reporting due to the nature of the difference between UCR offense definitions and Texas penal code definitions. In the Texas UCR program, rape is the only offense collected under the crime index. Since there is greater variance in the offenses collected in the compilation of Sexual Assault data, this data collection should in no way be compared to the statistics maintained in the National UCR program.

Drug Seizure

Drug seizure information is presented in compliance with Health & Safety Code, Sec. 481.185, and its requirement that “All law enforcement agencies in this state shall file monthly with the [DPS] Director a report of all arrests for drug offenses made and quantities of controlled substances seized by them during the preceding month.” Drug Seizure crime data collection began in the calendar year 1992.

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