Strategy 1: Use data to understand crime trends.
Examine crime, arrest, and victimization data.
- Analyze your state’s overall property and violent crime trends and how current crime rates compare to trends over the past decade.
- Assess changes in crime trends for individual types of property and violent crimes.
- Analyze overall arrest rates and changes in arrest rates for different types of crime at the state and local level.
- Analyze available victimization data to determine how much and what types of crimes haven’t been reported to police and how those trends have changed over time.
- Review how data trends have changed across different regions of the state, including metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Expand data collection metrics.
- Require all law enforcement agencies to participate in NIBRS, and provide funding, as needed, to support this effort.
- Collect and report on victimization data.
- Require law enforcement, courts, corrections, and supervision agencies to collect and report on demographic information.
Enhance data sharing to improve public safety.
- Require that a unique SID number be assigned to every person in the criminal justice system and be used universally.
- Ensure that criminal justice agencies have the capacity to share information and foster collaboration across agencies.
- Require criminal justice agencies to publish aggregated criminal justice data online.
- Provide state and local criminal justice agencies with access to research and recommendations on best practices.