In Chapter 3 of the text, as well as in the PowerPoint presentation entitled The Measurement of Crime which you viewed for this module, the major limitations of the UCR and the NCVS data collection methodologies were outlined. You learned that the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) has emerged as another method for estimating the incidence of crime in the U.S. For this first project, you are to carefully read Expanding Police Ability to Report Crime by clicking the link below.
Hirschel, D. (July, 2009). Expanding Police Ability to Report Crime: The National Incident-Based Reporting System [PDF File Size 145 kb]
Using this brief report as a starting point, locate supplemental information online and answer the following questions:
In what way(s) is the NIBRS similar and dissimilar to the NCVS? In what way(s) is the NIBRS similar and dissimilar to the UCR? What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of this data collection method for estimating crime? At the present time, is the NIBRS a reliable method for estimating the incidence of crime throughout the US? Why or why not? Be specific in your response. Identify the obstacles to law enforcement agencies to full implementation of NIBRS data collection protocol.
Your completed essay should be double-spaced and 750 – 100 words in length. Be sure to fully cite all supplemental materials using APA format.