Welcome to Crime in Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program serves as the state repository for the collection of crime statistics and its primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. As the Program has evolved and the demand for transparency has increased, so has the demand for the data compiled under this Program. Members of the general public, such as legislators, media, and academia rely on this data for information on the fluctuations in the level of crime from year-to-year in their communities and throughout the state. The Rhode Island UCR Online Portal serves as a tool to provide greater transparency and access to the richer crime data being reported to the Rhode Island’s UCR Unit and replaces the Crime in Rhode Island Publication.
The UCR Unit makes every effort to ensure accuracy in reporting and conducts quality control checks on the data received from Rhode Island’s law enforcement agencies. The accuracy of the statistics depends primarily on the adherence of each law enforcement agency to establish standards of reporting; therefore, it is the responsibility of each agency to submit accurate data and correct any data found to be submitted in error. Participation in the Rhode Island UCR Program is mandatory based on Rhode Island General Law § 12-24-1.
The Digital Front Door to NIBRS Statistics
The Rhode Island UCR Online Portal is a public read-only web service that returns statistical information through data visualizations and is organized around the guidelines of the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This is not a public web service for submitting or modifying data.
For questions regarding this site, please contact the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police at RIUCR1@risp.gov.
Technical specifications, reference material, and data tools to assist vendors and participating law enforcement agencies in submitting NIBRS data and state specific data to RIDPS. Including flat file specifications, XML specifications, error codes, offense descriptions and the certification process.
. RI IBR Reference Material.xlsx 403KB [ Download ]
NIBRS Training and FBI Statewide Certification
NIBRS Training and FBI Statewide Certification.pdf 181KB [ Download ]
Police Chief Magazine / Better Data for Evolving Crime Trends August 2022
IACP.pdf 98KB [ Download ]
We value your feedback and welcome any comments to help improve our ability to serve users of the UCR Online Portal. Please submit your suggestions to the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police at RIUCR1@risp.gov.
UCR logo IBR.jpg 13KB [ Download ]
Crime in Rhode Island Publication Archives
Crime in Rhode Island Archives.pdf 211KB [ Download ]
Supporting material to understand NIBRS data / User manual
ucr-2019-2-1-nibrs-user-manual-093020 (1).pdf 2MB [ Download ]
Rhode Island UCR Frequently Asked Questions
RI UCR FAQ.pdf 255KB [ Download ]
Rhode Island Law Enforcement Agency Submission Guidelines
Agency guidelines.pdf 98KB [ Download ]
Rhode Island UCR Finding the Common Language
RI Mapping.pdf 106KB [ Download ]
Mutually Exclusive Offenses
Mutually Exclusive Offenses.pdf 144KB [ Download ]
Rhode Island General Law Uniform Crime Reporting System
RI General Law UCR.pdf 148KB [ Download ]
Rhode Island General Law Monitoring Crimes Motivated by Bigotry and Bias
Law Hate Crime.pdf 118KB [ Download ]
FBI Hate Crime Reference Card
HC Reference Card-Final.pdf 899KB [ Download ]
FBI Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual Version 3.0 (03/01/2022)
ucr-hate-crime-data-collection-guidelines-training-manual-031422.pdf 1MB [ Download ]
FBI National Incident-Based Reporting System Technical Specifications
2019-nibrs-technical-specification-v-1.0.pdf 2MB [ Download ]
Information About the Data
The Rhode Island UCR Online Portal was developed to provide a platform for the public to access on demand statistical information about crime reported in the state and designed to allow users to create unique queries utilizing specific data resulting in a more intuitive way to gather statistical data that is tailored to the needs of the requestor, without the need to research static reports and make a manual request to the UCR Program.
It is important to note that the Crime in Rhode Island publication was a historical “point in time” document that reflected crime statistics reported up to the time of publication and was a snapshot of the UCR database frozen in time which did not reflect the continual updating of the live database. Crime data available through the UCR Online Portal is dynamic and reflects data that may have been reported to the program after the publication date. Because of the possibility for continuous updates to the data in the UCR Online Portal, users must be aware that statistics from the Portal may not align with statistics published in the Crime in Rhode Island publication for the same period. As of January 1, 2021, the Rhode Island UCR Online Portal replaces the annual publication Crime in Rhode Island.