Charles County, MD…In accordance with mandatory federal data collection standards, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is pleased to announce that the agency has successfully achieved certification to implement the new National Incident-Based Reporting System. (NIBRS) of the FBI.
The CCSO is one of 36 of 142 law enforcement agencies in Maryland to have already achieved this new crime reporting standard in which all law enforcement agencies across the country must pass.
As a certified participant of NIBRS, the Sheriff’s Office and the data it reports are helping to shape the future of crime statistics. “I’m proud of the effort, hard work and attention to detail it took to transition to a new, more detailed method of reporting crime data as required by the FBI,” the sheriff said. Troy Berry.
During the transition of how crime data is reported, CCSO data submissions were reviewed and determined to meet data quality requirements as set forth by the FBI and the Maryland Department of State Police (MSP).
Beginning in January 2021, law enforcement agencies nationwide began transitioning from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) under the Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) to the NIBRS, which offers significant improvements in the collection of statistical data, the classification of offenses and the management of criminal incidents.
NIBRS digs deeper into each incident to provide information about the circumstances and background of the crimes, such as location, time of day, and whether the incident has been resolved. The NIBRS also captures more details about victims, known offenders, victim-offender relationships, arrestees, property and drugs involved in crimes. Additional detailed crime data is captured in a standardized format, providing greater analytical capability and making NIBRS a more thorough crime reporting standard.
The NIBRS has 58 categories of offenses compared to the 10 categories of offenses that the UCR aggregates. The larger list includes offenses such as extortion and kidnapping, as well as many other common or serious offenses not included in the UCR.
Data submitted represents when an incident was reported to CCSO and does not include municipalities or Maryland State Police.
For more details on how crime data is collected nationwide, click the FBI link at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ucr/.
To find crime data for Charles County, click this link: https://crime-data-explorer.app.cloud.gov/explorer/agency/MD0090000/crime
For more information on how the transition from UCR to NIBRS affects crime statistics, please see this article: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/encs.pdf