Uniform Crime Reporting Unit

The Rhode Island State Police is the crime collection liaison between local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is responsible for the statewide operation of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Unit. The UCR System is the State's crime system, which is mandated by Rhode Island General Law to assemble uniform offense and arrest data from local and state law enforcement agencies, in a form prescribed by the Superintendent. The Rhode Island UCR System conforms to the specifications of the Criminal Justice Information Services of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which provides a detailed nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the Country. The data collected covers thirty-nine (39) reporting jurisdictions within the State of Rhode Island.

Crime in Rhode Island Annual Reports

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Rhode Island Uniform Crime Reporting

R.I. Law Enforcement Departments Online
R.I. Law Enforcement Directory (May 2012)
RISP Uniform Crime Reporting - Incident Based Reporting Guideline Book (May 2008)
RI Incident Based Reporting System - Caveat on Data Usage (Jun 2011)
RISP NIBRS/UCR Reference Guide (Nov 2007)
Crime in Rhode Island - 10 Year Trend (Nov 2007)
Rhode Island General Laws - Uniform Crime Reporting System (Nov 2007)
Rhode Island General Laws - Hate Crimes (Nov 2007)
Crime Factors (Nov 2007)
Rhode Island State Police NIBRS Questions - Answers and Facts (Jun 2008)
Rhode Island State Police NIBRS Interactive Quick Quiz (Jun 2008)

NOTE: Data users are cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual cities and towns due to numerous factors which are known to affect the amount of crime occurring from place to place. Care should be used whenever comparing crime data from one year to the next, or from one department to another. Police record management systems may be changed or upgraded, which may make comparisons difficult, as well as, the efficiency of law enforcement agencies, including the degree of adherence to UCR/NIBRS Reporting Standards and Guidelines.

About UCR and NIBRS

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)

The Uniform Crime Reports are published by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The UCR Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of over 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, federal, and other law enforcement agencies who voluntarily report data on crimes brought to their attention. Since 1930, the FBI has administered the UCR Program. The program's primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. However, over the years, UCR data have become one of the country's leading social indicators. Criminologists, sociologists, legislators, municipal planners, the media, and other students of criminal justice use the data for varied research and planning purposes.

The UCR Program consists of four data collections:

  • Offense and arrest data from the traditional Summary Reporting System (>SRS) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
  • Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program
  • Hate Crime Statistics Program
  • Cargo Theft Reporting Program

The FBI publishes annual data from these collections in Crime in the United States, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics.

National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is an incident-based reporting system used by law enforcement agencies in the United States for collecting and reporting data on crimes. Local, state and federal agencies generate NIBRS data from their records management systems. Data is collected on every incident and arrest in the Group A offense category. These Group A offenses are 46 specific crimes grouped in 22 offense categories. Specific facts about these offenses are gathered and reported in the NIBRS system. In addition to the Group A offenses, eleven Group B offenses are reported with only the arrest information.