Many agencies are faced with a significant back log of 2012 supplemental incidents to enter. To reduce the number of records requiring entry, agencies are reminded that the reporting of crimes against children and domestic disputes (4870) are voluntary. Eliminating the entry of these types of records could significantly reduce the back log.
Training which will include changes to the Program to be implemented in 2014 will resume this summer. Click on the link below for additional information.
The ability to enter supplemental data reports for 2012 and subsequent years will be available via the on-line reporting tool after 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Click on the attachment below for important information regarding entry.
The process of verifying 2011 Index Crime data has concluded. Effective March 14, 2013, agencies may access annual verification reports by clicking on the ‘GO TO INDEX REPORTS’ button located on the Index Crime Home Page. A new section, ANNUAL VERIFICATION REPORTS, has been added to available reports. Click on the ‘RUN VERIFICATION REPORTS’ button which will take the user to a screen where the system defaults to 2011 as the selected year and the user selects the type of annual verification report to run. Multi-county agencies have the option of running the annual monthly and 2-year compare reports by each county, or for the agency as a whole. 2012 and future years’ reports will be added as the annual verification process is completed for each year.
The I-UCR Program has joined with other criminal justice entities, including the FBI who administers the Federal UCR Program, to present a two-day training seminar on Human Trafficking on April 8th and 9th in Springfield. Day one is focused on the enforcement aspect of Human Trafficking and limited to sworn personnel. Day two is dedicated to UCR reporting and will provide an overview of current Index offense reporting guidelines, with concentration on new requirements that will go into effect in the 2014 reporting year. Added elements will include the addition of certain criminal sexual assault offenses and two categories of human trafficking offenses – labor and sex trafficking. Arrest data, Hate Crimes, and Supplemental reporting guidelines will not be reviewed. There is no cost for the training. Space is limited to 125 attendees. Registration information can be accessed by clicking on the link below. You are encouraged to bring this training to the attention of the Head of your agency to consider agency participation on each of the days. The I-UCR Program Training initiative will resume this summer, with limited classes statewide. The schedule will be posted in May.
The FBI’s deadline date to receive 2012 Index Crime reports for inclusion in their publication, Crime in the United States 2012, is approaching. Reports must be entered into the electronic reporting tool by March 11, 2013, to be included in the publication. All 12 months must be accounted for; the FBI does not publish partial-year reporting. Failure to meet this deadline does not jeopardize an agency’s eligibility for JAG grants. The FBI will continue to accept 2012 Index Crime reports until December 2013; however, agency data will not be published in the federal publication if not submitted by March 11, 2013.
February 8, 2013
Historically, the annual verification process for Index Crime statistics was completed by mailing paper reports compiled by the I-UCR Program to the Head of each agency. Effective February 11, 2013, the I–UCR Program is implementing an electronic verification process using the reporting tool. You will no longer receive paper verification reports. The 30-day verification process for 2011 Index Crime statistics will begin on February 11, 2013, and conclude on March 11, 2013. ONLY agencies that were approved to submit paper reporting forms for the 2011 reporting year will receive verification reports and instructions via the mail. Refer to the attachment below for additional information regarding the electronic verification process.
The electronic reporting tool was updated in January which resulted in several issues affecting the ability to enter data. All issues have been resolved; including but not limited to: system default to January 2011 when attempting to enter 2012 index reports, previous index records entered not displaying properly, inaccurate delinquent report messages, hate crime offense/number of victims/victim type fields missing from entry format, and inability to select hate crime incident date from the calendar. If you encounter continued entry issues, please contact the I-UCR Program Manager.
January 29, 2013
The release of Crime in Illinois has been significantly delayed due to the difficulties agencies experienced in transitioning to the federally compliant reporting guidelines effective in the 2010 reporting year, and the severe staff shortage in the I-UCR Program. Statistics for the 2010 and 2011 reporting years will be combined into one publication to be posted to the I-UCR web page Spring 2013. This will allow for a two-year comparison of crime rates under the revised reporting guidelines. Historically, statistics are not released to any outside entity until posted; however, 2010 statistics will be released today to the Chicago Tribune and the ACLU as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests. 2010 statistics have already been verified by each agency, and statistics released will mirror the statistics in the posted report this Spring.
January 25, 2013
The I-UCR Program is moving to a new work location the week of January 28 through February 1. During this week telephone and fax line service may be interrupted, with no service available on January 30th and 31st. E-mail capabilities will also be unavailable on February 1. Please refrain from contacting the Program this week unless the issue is urgent and cannot wait until the following week. Your cooperation is appreciated. The new mailing address for the Program is:
Illinois State Police
Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program
801 South 7th Street 300 South
Springfield, Illinois 62703
December 19, 2012
2012 Police Employee information must have been entered into the electronic reporting tool by December 13, 2012, in order to meet the FBI’s deadline. The FBI has reviewed submissions and is requesting verification from select agencies whose employee numbers changed significantly between 2011 and 2012. An e-mail will be sent to affected agencies requesting verification. Instructions on how to adjust employee numbers from either year will be included in the e-mail. Agencies who did not submit police employee information by the due date will still have the ability to enter the data to be published in Crime in Illinois 2012; however, the information will NOT be forwarded to the FBI. The final date for entry is January 31, 2013, after which the POLICE EMPLOYEE tab in the reporting tool will be removed.
October 24, 2012
The FBI, who administers the Federal UCR Program, reviews every submitting agency’s index reports by comparing monthly totals for each offense category. When there is a significant difference by their standard (increase or decrease) for a particular offense category, the FBI requests verification from the submitting agency. Additionally, agencies are requested to provide an explanation for the increase/decrease if possible. FBI data verification requests are sent to agencies via e-mail by the I-UCR Program numerous times throughout the year, and include a response due date. The questioned statistic is often times correct, but there have been numerous entry errors detected through this verification process. Adjustments correcting erred statistics should be made in the reporting tool once identified to ensure the accuracy of current data. Failure to respond to a verification check will result in the Federal UCR Program publishing the questioned statistic.
October 18, 2012
The I-UCR Program annually collects law enforcement employee information related to the number of employees within each agency. Historically, the process required the completion of a paper collection form which was returned to the I-UCR Program for entry. This year and in the future, the information will be collected utilizing the on-line electronic reporting tool. Correspondence (see link below) will be mailed to each agency head on October 31, 2012, outlining the electronic reporting tool submission process. On November 1, 2012, an additional tab labeled Police Employee will be available in the reporting tool until December 13, 2012 to allow data entry, after which the tab will be deactivated. Paper forms will only be accepted from an agency if previously approved by the I-UCR Program Manager as a 'paper reporting' agency.
A final location, John A. Logan College in Carterville, has been added to the 2012 training schedule. Training will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Though the training is being held after the November 30, 2012 due date for 2011 reporting, attendance is strongly encouraged as adjustments to 2011 reports will be accepted until January 31, 2013. Attendees must register through Mobile Team Unit 15, Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Training Program, who is hosting the training. Contact MTU15 at 618/457-3514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18, 2012
The deadline to submit 2011 data for forwarding to the Federal UCR Program and to be included in Crime in Illinois 2011 is November 30, 2012. There will be no exceptions or extensions. Agencies must enter INDEX CRIME statistics on-line using the electronic reporting tool. For those agencies previously unable to connect, the alternate connection process providing access to the reporting tool was posted in the February 9, 2012 update below. Only agencies unable to access the reporting tool after attempting both connection processes can request approval from the I-UCR Program Manager to submit paper report forms. 2011 SUPPLEMENTAL and HATE CRIME reports should be faxed or mailed to be entered by the I-UCR Program staff. Agencies do not have the ability to enter these reports into the reporting tool for 2011; however, 2012 Hate Crime reports can now be entered into the reporting tool and the ability to enter 2012 Supplemental data will be available in the next several months. Agencies failing to submit their INDEX CRIME statistics by the deadline could be deemed ineligible for certain JAG grants which require statistics be reported to the Federal UCR Program.
June 27, 2012
An additional location, Collinsville, has been added to the training schedule found in the June 22, 2012 update. NOTE: Information was recently disseminated by the IACP and ISA to agencies at the request of the I-UCR Program which has led to some confusion on 2011 Hate Crime Reports. 2011 reports should have been submitted to the I-UCR Program for entry. Agencies DO NOT have the ability to enter 2011 Hate Crime reports.
Crime in Illinois is published annually by
the Illinois State Police, documenting reported crimes
in Illinois cities and counties. The report also covers
special jurisdictions such as universities and park district