LAPD Transitions to New Records Management System NR24089cm

March 5, 2024

Los Angeles: We are excited to announce a significant milestone in the progression of our department’s technology and reporting capabilities.

On March 7, 2024, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will officially launch its new Records Management System (RMS) with Operations-Central Bureau pioneering the transition. Subsequent rollouts for the next three bureaus will follow in a phased approach every three weeks, with scheduled dates on March 28th, April 18th, and May 9th, 2024. This cutting-edge RMS marks a crucial advancement, elevating our operational efficiency and data management practices. Its design not only streamlines internal processes, but also ensures full compliance with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) standards mandated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The NIBRS standard signifies a shift towards more detailed and comprehensive crime data reporting nationwide, aiming to enhance the accuracy and consistency of crime statistics across the United States.

While the RMS rollout will occur over 12 weeks, some changes will be noticeable from the start. Statistical reports historically produced by Applications Development and Support Division and COMPSTAT Division will undergo significant modifications, and some will no longer be produced. Those currently depicting the number of crimes and comparisons by Reporting District, Area, Bureau, and Citywide, will be phased out and historic year-to-year comparisons of crime data will not be immediately possible.

The introduction of the RMS will bring changes to how we analyze crime and report statistical information. The adoption of the NIBRS standard, which focuses on the number of incidents rather than the number of victims, represents a fundamental shift in data reporting. It is important to note that NIBRS data provides a much larger volume of crime data, giving the appearance of an increase in crime as the data begins being reported. Initial challenges related to the extraction and mapping of crime data are anticipated. However, a collaborative effort is underway to address these short-term challenges. The department expresses confidence that the transition will result in a comprehensive crime analysis process exceeding historical capabilities. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we eagerly embrace the benefits of the RMS and address these short-term challenges head-on.

Benefits of the new RMS available at launch:

1. Saves redundant information

o Data about suspects/witnesses

o Reduces chance for error

o Reduces time spent completing reports

2. Increased Digitization

o Decreased paper use

3. Field Interviews

o Can be gathered via mobile device

o Reduces chances of field interview cards being misplaced/lost

o Primary officers will have immediate access to field interview cards being collected in multiple locations

4. Watch Commanders

o Increased data access, more information readily available

5. Increased Centralized Knowledge

o More efficient investigation of incident

National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS):

As of January 2021, the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) became the national standard for law enforcement crime data reporting in the United States.

NIBRS Fast Facts:

1. Includes up to 10 offenses per incident

2. Creates profiles of victims and offenders

3. Provides detail on the context of crime

4. Offers insight into incidents involving multiple offenses

5. Collects data on 52 crimes against 24 offense categories

Key Benefits:

1. Increased support for officer safety through quicker access to a more complete set of crime data

2. Additional context for a better understanding of victimization and offending

3. Standardized data to compare crime across jurisdictions

4. Can be used for tactical or strategic analysis at the local, state and federal levels