Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 17,000 city, county, and state law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention.

In 2001 Missouri instituted mandatory UCR reporting on a statewide basis. Every law enforcement agency in the State has since been required to report crime data monthly to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). MSHP creates and maintains computer files of the Missouri UCR data and supplies information not only to the FBI for use in national crime statistics, but also to local agencies and organizations.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Uniform Crime Reporting Section is responsible for reviewing and approving all data submitted to Missouri's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The MSHP's Information Systems Division submits Missouri's Uniform Crime Reporting data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Section. Each year the FBI uses this data, along with data reported by other states, to publish "Crime in the United States".

UCPD submits statistical reports to MSHP monthly, which can be viewed by following this link.

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Effective January 1, 2021, all law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are required to transition to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to report crime statistics. Previously, law enforcement agencies were voluntarily reporting crime statistics using the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System, which was summary based. Summary based means that only the most serious offense was reported.  You may ask, what does this mean for our department, it means our agency will be reporting more offenses. Previously, our agency was only required to report on 8 offenses, which were broken down into 4 offense categories for Crimes Against Persons, and 4 offense categories for Crimes Against Property. Through NIBRS, LEAs report data on each offense and arrest within 24 offense categories made up of 52 specific crimes and only report arrest data for an additional 10 offense categories. The 24 offense categories include Crimes Against Person, Crimes Against Property, and the newest category Crimes Against Society. The purpose of the transition, is to provide a clearer assessment of the nation’s crime experience.