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NCS-X Team Releases NIBRS Pre-Certification Tool


The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Team—which includes SEARCH—released the NIBRS Pre-Certification Tool November 6. The Tool allows law enforcement agencies to conduct a “trial run” of their National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data to locate errors and inconsistencies prior to officially submitting their data to a State Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program and/or to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division (FBI CJIS).

Agencies simply drag-and-drop their data to the site in a flat file format to generate an easy-to-understand list of errors with descriptions. Instructions on how to use the tool are available on the tool website.

The Tool—

  • Complies with all the rules and edit checks of the national FBI NIBRS standard (version 3.1). It is not specific to any particular state, so will not include data elements or response categories that may have been added by the state.
  • Is not a substitute for FBI NIBRS Certification, nor is it a substitute for State UCR Certification. It will simply help agencies to identify where to concentrate its efforts in automating changes to its records management and/or rules validations.

The team expects to make available additional formats of the tool (e.g., xml file submission) and other user-friendly updates to improve ease of understanding of error reports in the first quarter of 2018.

The Tool website offers users the ability to share their thoughts about the Tool’s functionality and suggestions on how to improve it.

In addition to SEARCH, the NCS-X Team is comprised of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, RTI International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), IJIS Institute, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the Association of State UCR Programs (ASUCRP).

If you have questions about the tool, direct them to SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Mark Perbix at

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