Ober works with ISP for better crime reporting data

INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) proposal that would require local law enforcement to report crime statistics to the Indiana State Police passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives.

“I was approached by the Indiana State Police to author this bill,” Ober said. “Currently, it is suggested that local law enforcement agencies report this data to the state police. This bill would require it. Better reporting will help us get a more accurate picture of where crime is happening and where we need to direct our resources.”

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, captures 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.

ISP has set a goal is to have 100 percent participation throughout the state by 2020.

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on Ober’s bill, visit iga.in.gov.

Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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