Davis Announces DOJ Funding for Champaign County Sheriff's Office
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $487,422 to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). The funding is part of the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) program. The NCS-X program aims to expand by 400 the number of law enforcement agencies reporting crime data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Currently 6,900 agencies report their data. According to the DOJ the NIBRS can provide more useful statistics to promote constructive discussion, measured planning, and informed policing.
The funds awarded to the CCSO will be used to upgrade and replace the current records management system (RMS).
“This federal funding will bolster the ability of Champaign-Urbana law enforcement agencies to utilize sound data in their policing duties,” Davis said. “As we have a national discussion on law enforcement and keeping our communities safe more information, and the transparency that comes along with that, is a positive step forward."
The FY2020 solicitation furthers the goals of the NCS-X initiative by providing continued assistance to NCS-X grantees in order to assist them transition to NIBRS reporting. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), an NCS-X sampled agency, applied for funding to upgrade a shared records management system (RMS) in order to comply with state and federal incident-based crime reporting requirements.
CCSO is part of a 5-agency consortium, along with the Champaign Police Department, Rantoul Police Department, Urbana Police Department, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. These five agencies utilize a homegrown RMS called ARMS (Areawide Records Management System) developed and maintained by the City of Urbana.
The purpose of the additional funds is to complete work on making ARMS compliant with state and federal incident-based reporting requirements and to procure a Commercial-Off-The- Shelf (COTS) incident-based RMS, to support incident-based reporting, after ARMS is retired. CCSO will work with the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program to ensure data meet both state and federal IBR standards.