The Uniform Crime Reporting is a program operating nationally in gathering crime statistics from different law enforcement agencies. It has operated from 1930. After collecting the statistics, the FBI completes periodic assessments of the type of crime that the nation faces. The objective of the program is to provide reliable and accurate crime statistics that will allow the security agencies to enforce law to the society. It allows the security agencies to operate and manage security at the Federal and State level. The statistics from Uniform Crime Reporting program is useful to sociologist, municipal planners, legislators, students of criminal justice and criminologists (Ucrdatatool.gov, 2014). Planning purposes is the most significant use of reports because it helps in planning for the alleviating crime.
The National Crime Information Center is a computerized system that provides justice information. It provides records of stolen properties, criminal record history, missing persons and list of fugitives. The National Crime Information Center is available to the local law enforcement agencies, Federal, State and other criminal justice systems that work throughout the year (FBI, 2014). The objective of maintaining the NCIC is to help in providing a computerized database at all times to criminal justice agencies at all times. It provides prompt disclosure of data and information from criminal justice agencies.
The information and data is important in assisting the criminal justice agencies in apprehending fugitives, returning stolen property after locating them, locating missing persons. The FBI has authority to acquire information from the NCIC system and classify it (Fas.org, 2014). The data and information from the NCIC is free for exchange with other authorized agencies. The sources of data contained in the system originate from Federal, authorized courts, State, FBI, foreign and local criminal justice systems.
Fas.org,. (2014). National Crime Information Center (NCIC) - FBI Information Systems. Retrieved 25 April 2014, from http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fbi/is/ncic.htm
FBI,. (2014). National Crime Information Center. Retrieved 25 April 2014, from http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ncic
Ucrdatatool.gov,. (2014). Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics. Retrieved 25 April 2014, from http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/