The Mendenhall Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the county to be certified with the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) which reports crime data and statistics to the FBI.
Mendenhall was also the 53rd agency to become certified in the state.
NIBRS was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement. NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in crimes.
Mississippi is currently the only state in the country that does not have a uniform crime reporting system. The old system that was used by several departments called the Summary Reporting System (SRS) is currently being phased out. Law enforcement agencies are expected to use the NIBRS reporting system exclusively by January 1, 2021.
The vision for NIBRS is for it to become the law enforcement community’s standard for quantifying crime, which will help law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively.
In 2018, approximately 44 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies that participated in the UCR Program submitted data via NIBRS. Since then, the FBI has received thousands of commitments from law enforcement across the nation to be NIBRS-compliant by 2021. Ultimately, the national transition to NIBRS will further support the mission of the FBI’s UCR Program to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.
NIBRS Coordinator Robin Layton said that over 500 agencies in the state still need to be certified. Layton said the plan is to have at least 106 departments NIBRS certified by the end of the year, and she commended Chief Candy McCullum and the Mendenhall Police Department for being proactive and getting the department up to speed on incident reporting.
Chief Candy McCullum thanked Layton for her help in getting the department certified. He said, “We couldn’t have done it without her. She has been a big help in us getting our certification. Whatever we have needed she has been right there to answer any questions.”