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Project Title: Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics

PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-13-05         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
Committee on National Statistics
DBASSE Committee on Law and Justice

Cork, Daniel

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences

Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics
July 24, 2014 - July 25, 2014
National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 C St. NW
Washington D.C.

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Michael Siri
Phone: 202-334-3113
Fax: 202-334-3096


Thursday, July 24, 2014
Open Session—Lecture Room

9:00am Call to Order, Introductions, and Overview of the Day
Jeffrey Sedgwick, Chair
Continental breakfast will be available outside the Lecture Room at 8:30

9:15 Invited Discussion Panel 1: Law Enforcement Executives’ Perspectives on Crime Statistics Modernization, and Capacity of Existing Local Records Management Systems
Facilitated discussion of themes related to the following questions (as well as those used in the June 12 workshop, below)
• Does your agency report NIBRS-format data to your state or to the FBI? In either way, your thoughts on the cost/benefit trade-off are welcome: If you do report NIBRS-format data, does that detail help/”benefit” your agency? If not, what are the major barriers to sharing those data?
• Generally, how flexible (or capable of change, from minor tweaks/maintenance to more fundamental revisions) are your agency’s records management systems?
• Does your agency have the capacity (hardware, software, and personnel) to conduct analytical studies on crime trends and factors influencing crime rates?
• In routine reporting or special analyses, does your agency use data from NCVS or its topic supplements? If so, how is it helpful?
• What major changes would you like to see in our national crime statistics systems (NCVS or NIBRS)? Are there gaps in reporting that should be fixed—or are there components of existing reporting structures that could be removed or streamlined? What changes in national statistical reporting protocols would make the compiled information more useful to your agency?
• Are there any other recommendations you would make about improving our national systems of crime statistics?

11:15 Break

11:30 Invited Discussion Panel 2: Suggestions/Priorities for Measuring Crime Not Well Reported To (or Not Well Collected By) Law Enforcement
Facilitated discussion following the questions posed for the June 12 workshop:
• How frequently do you use the existing nationally-compiled crime data sources (the UCR System and the NCVS) to answer questions relevant for your day to day operations and for policy makers, the public, or other constituencies? What types of questions can you answer readily, and what kinds of questions are you unable to answer?
• What aspects of crime measurement—whether new, emerging, or poorly measured crime types; attributes of crime such as weapon or drug involvement; correspondence (or lack thereof) to existing criminal codes; or the like—do you view as essential to a modern system of crime statistics? How frequently, and at what level of geographic/operational resolution, must crime data be available, and at which levels would data be desirable (but not essential)?
• Do you use, or would it be desirable to use, systematically collected measures of phenomena that are not explicitly ‘crime’ related but that may yield insight on the overall picture of ‘crime in the United States’? (These phenomena might include measures of individual or community well-being, health interview or surveillance data, or the like.)

In addition, the discussion will address topics more focused on the collection of crime data through surveys and other means:
• What is the ideal role for the NCVS, its previously-fielded topic supplements, or other content that might be included in a supplement to such an "omnibus" crime survey, in measuring the crime types most relevant to you?
• Are there specific critical weaknesses in the current systems of crime measurement for studies in your area, and are there tractable solutions to overcome them?
• If you field your own data collections, or draw from other state/local data sources (even as a "workaround" to the nationally-compiled crime data sources), what are the key differences between them and the NCVS and UCR/NIBRS systems? What lessons might be learned from these alternate sources for wider, national implementation?

12:30pm Working Lunch

1:30 Resume Invited Discussion Panel 2

2:30 General Discussion/Questions and Answers

5:00 Probable Adjournment of Open Session

Friday, July 25, 2014
Closed Session--Lecture Room
This session is closed in its entirety (panel and staff only).

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: