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Pennsylvania Allocates $10 Million to Enhance Crime Data Reporting

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has announced the availability of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding aimed at supporting system upgrades for the reporting of crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) NIBRS.

Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, chair of PCCD, highlighted the significance of real-time data analysis in tackling gun violence, emphasizing the reliance on accurate data. Currently, only 42 percent of Pennsylvania’s population is covered by NIBRS-compliant police departments, with just 10 percent of local law enforcement agencies reporting criminal statistics to the FBI through NIBRS.

NIBRS became the national standard for law enforcement crime data reporting in the United States as of January 1, 2021. It provides detailed information on criminal incidents, including data on victims, offenders, relationships, arrestees, and property involved.

Mike Pennington, Executive Director of PCCD, stressed the challenges faced in performing real-time analysis on criminal justice trends in Pennsylvania. The adoption of NIBRS is expected to enhance accuracy in crime-related data reporting and enable real-time trend analysis.

Eligible applicants for the funding include various law enforcement agencies, with priority consideration given to those serving areas with high levels of violent crimes and low clearance rates. The funding will cover expenses such as software, hardware, labor for installing NIBRS-compliant systems, agency training, and technical assistance.

PCCD anticipates funding approximately 50 grants with budgets up to $200,000 over a two-year period. Interested parties can find more information on funding requirements and application procedures on PCCD’s active funding announcements webpage.

Questions regarding the solicitation and application process should be directed to ra-pccd-ocjsi@pa.gov with “NIBRS Upgrade” in the subject line, by June 5, 2024.

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