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Update on National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Transition

(March 7, 2023) - The Cape Coral Police Department is proud to announce our participation in the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). We received our official notification letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement notifying us that we are officially certified to submit our collected data.

As the new national data collection standard, NIBRS captures details on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, property, and drugs involved in crimes for up to 10 offenses within an incident, representing a substantial shift in the way our agency reports crime.

The Cape Coral Police Department has changed how information on victimization and offending is collected and reported to meet federal data standards, improve operations, and better inform the public about the nature of crime in the city of Cape Coral. NIBRS data provide the detailed, accurate, and meaningful information needed about crime.

Our agency reports our data to Florida’s version known as the Florida Incident-Based Reporting System (FIBRS) which is ultimately passed along to NIBRS.  The Cape Coral Police Department has made this initiative a priority to support the national transition to NIBRS.

Transitioning to NIBRS will enable the Cape Coral Police Department to give context to specific public safety problems. With this change, officers will be able to provide our community with in-depth information about victimization and offending.

NIBRS collects information on nearly every major criminal justice issue facing law enforcement, including weapons offenses, drug offenses and drug involvement in all offenses, gangs, domestic violence, child, and elder abuse, hate crimes, white collar crime, and terrorism. The additional detailed crime incident data is captured in a standardized format, which provides greater analytic capability and makes NIBRS a superior crime reporting standard.