Cape Coral Police Department moves to National Incident Reporting System – Cape Coral Police Department


(December 13, 2021) – The Cape Coral Police Department is implementing a new incident reporting system that will allow the agency to collect more comprehensive crime data.

This detailed data will help the police department develop a more comprehensive and transparent overview of the different types of crime occurring in the city of Cape Coral, in addition to helping to accelerate the identification of crime trends.

The transition is part of a major national initiative to improve crime data collection by law enforcement called NIBRS, or National Incident-Based Reporting System. The Federal Bureau of Investigation oversees the collection of NIBRS data. The Florida version is called FIBRS, or Florida Incident-Based Reporting System. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will oversee the collection of FIBRS criminal data.

Previously, the Cape Coral Police Department and other law enforcement agencies across Florida used summary reports to collect and report crime data for the purpose of Uniform Reporting data collection. criminality. The main difference is that summary reports only count the most serious crime in a particular incident, while incident-based reports count ALL crimes committed during an incident.

The new system will capture details about each criminal incident, as well as separate offenses within a single incident. This includes information on victims, known offenders, victim-offender relationships, arrested persons, and stolen or recovered property involved in crimes.

Another advantage of the new system is the way crime statistics are reported.

Data from the summary-based reports were submitted twice a year to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Incident reporting data via FIBRS can be submitted monthly, or even daily if desired.

Incident-based reporting also allows the collection of detailed drug offenses (up to three), while summary reporting only allows one type of drug to be reported per incident.

This new method of data collection will have a cumulative effect in the fight against crime and the resolution of quality of life issues. Due to this change, crime statistics will initially appear to show increased numbers; However, this does NOT mean that the crime rate is increasing.

Even with the transition to a new incident-based reporting system, the public will still be able to see long-term crime trends through reviewing historical crime data.



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