Oberís crime reporting bill becomes law

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, March 30, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 30, 2017) – With this week’s signing of State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) proposal into law, all local public safety officials will begin reporting crime statistics to the Indiana State Police in order to better identify high crime areas.

“This will be a great tool we can use to pinpoint where we need to direct our crime-fighting resources,” Ober said. “In the past, local law enforcement agencies were asked to report the data, but it was not a requirement. This measure will make sure we have comprehensive data. I appreciate ISP for voicing the need for this new law that will foster cooperation among public safety agencies as we tackle crime throughout Indiana.”

Ober said ISP uses the National Incident-Based Reporting System, which is also used by the FBI, to collect data statewide. The program was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, capture details on each single crime incident — as well as on separate offenses within the same incident — including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes.

“The goal is to have 100 percent participation throughout the state by 2020,” Ober said. “This gives those departments that are not currently reporting ample time to get a system in place.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Ober’s bill into law on Wednesday, March 29. Ober said it will go into effect on July 1, 2018, providing departments time to get the system operating.


State Rep. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.


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