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Linking Uniform Crime Reporting data. (Bulletin Reports).

Since the 1930s, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has collected data on crimes reported to the police and on arrests. While these data come from state and local law enforcement agencies, for collection purposes, the FBI developed its own agency identifiers. Most other federal data collections, including the decennial census and the census of governments, use geocodes and government entity identifiers developed by the Census Bureau or by, what is now, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Because UCR and other data sources do not share place identifiers, analysis of crime data in conjunction with data from other sources has been difficult.

To overcome this obstacle, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) have created a data file, the Law Enforcement Agency Identifiers Crosswalk. This file lists agencies by the FBI's codes, as well as the other major identifying standards in use today. BJS's technical report, Linking Uniform Crime Reporting Data to Other Datasets (NCJ 185233), written by Sue A. Lindgren and Marianne W. Zawitz, describes this file and its uses. To obtain a copy of this report, access the BJS Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj. gov/bjs.
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Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
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Date:Apr 1, 2002
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