Last week an email regarding closing dates/processes was submitted to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police for dissemination to their memberships. As of 12/02/13, only 159 agencies had entered 2013 Police Employee information, and only 123 agencies had verified 2012 Index Crimes. Both of these processes are to be completed using the electronic reporting tool similar to last year. Information regarding both processes was posted in OCTOBER web page updates. Refer to these updates for specifics. The attachment below provides additional critical deadline dates.
The closing date for the verification process for 2012 Index Crime statistics has been extended until close of business December 8, 2013. Refer to the October 8, 2013 update for more information regarding the verification process.
October 30, 2013
The annual collection of law enforcement employee information related to the number of employees within each agency will begin on November 1, 2013. The information will be collected utilizing the on-line electronic reporting tool. On November 1, 2013, an additional tab labeled Police Employee will be available in the reporting tool until December 12, 2013 to allow data entry, after which the tab will be deactivated. Approved paper reporting agencies will receive information regarding submission of law enforcement employee information via e-mail within the next week. Data submitted by the deadline will be included in Crime in Illinois 2013, and forwarded to the Federal UCR Program.
October 11, 2013
The time frame for the verification process for 2012 Index Crime statistics has been changed. The process will begin on October 18, 2013 and conclude on November 18, 2013. Refer to the October 8, 2013 update for more information.
October 7, 2013
The 30-day verification process for 2012 Index Crime statistics to be published in Crime in Illinois 2012 will begin on October 15, 2013 and conclude on November 15, 2013. Prior to last year, 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. Last February an electronic process was implemented using the reporting tool to verify 2011 statistics. The reporting tool will again be used to verify 2012 statistics. ONLY agencies that have been approved to submit paper reporting forms for the 2012 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 Illinois and Federal Uniform Crime Reporting Programs have joined together to create a document defining the guidelines governing the reporting of 720 ILCS 5/16-30, Identity Theft. Please click on the link below.
Crime in Illinois 2010-2011 is now available for review. Historically, the annual publication has been released in the Spring following the reporting year. Due to the difficulty reporting agencies experienced in transitioning to the revised reporting guidelines in 2010, the publication of 2010 statistics was significantly delayed. This led to the decision to publish one publication combining the 2010 and 2011 reporting years. Combining the publications allowed for a two-year comparison of statistics under the new reporting guidelines. If released separately, the 2010 publication would have contained only 2010 statistics. A comparison between 2009 and 2010 would have been invalid due to the change in reporting guidelines. The publication can be accessed by clicking on the Crime in Illinois 2010-2011 cover to the right or by clicking on 2010-2011 in the Annual Reports and Databases Section at the bottom of the web page.
Click on image above to view the Crime in Illinois 2010-2011 publication
July 16, 2013
An upgrade increasing the functionality of the AGENCY tab in the electronic reporting tool has been developed and will be deployed on July 18, 2013. Click on the link below to access the document outlining enhancements.
Additional training dates for Moline and Princeton have been added to the July through October 2013 training schedule. The location for the training in Plainfield has changed to the Plainfield Fire Protection District HQTS. This critical training will provide an overview of all current reporting elements, as well as addressing the changes to the Program to be implemented in 2014.
April 26, 2013
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