GIPD happy with new crime reporting system

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 8:35 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Police Department was one of the first agencies to use a new national crime reporting system.

Back in 2016, the F.B.I gave agencies until January of this year to switch over. GIPD started using it back in 2017.

“We were way ahead of the game,” said Chief Robert Falldorf. “I think when you consider our office managers. She was probably the key person that really took a hold of this. She dug into the NIBERS requirements and she actually did training on a regional and national level.”

The National Instant Based Reporting System, also referred to as NIBERS, allows the department to report more crimes.

Under the old system they only had eight crimes to report. Now they have about 46 different crimes.

The department believes this allows them to be more pro-active than reactive.

“Now with NIBERS you look deeper into the relationship between the suspect and weapons used and things like that, and that just helps not only us but it’ll help nationally because you know all agencies have moved to this NIBERS reporting system,” said Falldorf. “It’ll help our jobs to be more effective, having those characteristics and demographics.”

As more crimes such as drugs and prostitution become more prevalent, a Crimes Against Society category was added to the system, meaning police can report more of those types of crimes.

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