Uniform Crime Reporting

Uniform Crime Reporting Program

NRS 179A.078 provides for the Public Safety Director to establish a uniform program for reporting crime. The purpose of the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program is to systematically collect and provide statistical information related to crime. The information can be used by a wide variety of sources, both public and private. The crime data is submitted through the state UCR Program to the national UCR Program, which is administered by the FBI.

    The program's focus is to provide a better understanding of crime in Nevada which will, in turn, assist criminal justice administrators, practitioners, and academics to plan, budget, and provide services to the public. Participation by numerous criminal justice agencies in the state program is necessary to remain in compliance with both the FBI's Uniform Crime Reposting requirements and various Nevada Revised Statute.

      The Nevada UCR program, collects crime statistics from numerous Nevada Criminal justice agencies and provided the information via the program's website for recent data at this link https://nevadacrime.stats.nv.gov/tops/ or in published reports are published for both current and historical statistics. The current and historical reports are published on the divisions public website at this link Crime in Nevada Annual Report. The UCR program forwards the state's crime statistics to the FBI for inclusion in its national reports.

        National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

        The state’s data is currently reported to the FBI using the Summary Reporting System (SRS) methodology. The law enforcement community called for a thorough study of UCR with the objective of recommending an expanded and enhanced program to meet future law enforcement needs. Following a multiyear study, a "Blueprint for the Future of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program" was developed. New guidelines for UCR were formulated using this “Blueprint" and collaborating with local and state law enforcement executives.

          Beginning January 1, 2021, the FBI UCR Program will move to an electronic-only National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) methodology. NIBRS is being implemented to meet these new UCR guidelines. Due to the new requirements, all agencies in the state must transition from submitting crime statistics to the state via SRS methodology to using the NIBRS methodology. NIBRS provides a more detailed level of information for crime statistics than what is gathered in Nevada today. 

            The vision for NIBRS is for it to become the law enforcement community’s standard for quantifying crime, further supporting the mission for the FBI UCR Program to generate reliable information to optimize management, training, planning, and research.

              Program Contact Information

              DPS Main Line Phone (775) 684-0924
                            Fax: (775) 684-3290