Obtain Safest City Designation

By December 2021: Obtain the safest city designation according to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)


Implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) 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 crimes. 

Unlike data reported through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS)—an aggregate monthly tally of crimes, NIBRS dives much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes such as location, time of day, and whether the incident resulted in an arrest (cleared).

As recommended by professional law enforcement organizations, the FBI made nationwide implementation of NIBRS a top priority because NIBRS can provide more useful statistics to promote constructive discussion, measured planning, and informed policing. The Department began submitting incident (NIBRS) data to the FBI on 1/1/2006.


The vision for NIBRS is for it to become the law enforcement community’s standard for quantifying crime, which assists law enforcement and communities around the country use resources more strategically and effectively. 

In 2018, approximately 44% of U.S. law enforcement agencies that participated in the UCR Program submitted data via NIBRS. Since then, the FBI has received thousands of commitments from law enforcement across the nation to be NIBRS-compliant by 2021. Ultimately, the national transition to NIBRS will further support the mission of the FBI’s UCR Program to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.


The chart displayed in this strategic result provides 2020 benchmark information with neighboring municipalities. Cities voluntarily submit prior year crime data to NIBRS, hence why results lag. In 2021, the City of Ft. Collins did not submit crime data to NIBRS. 

While Arvada's NIBRS ranking is third, we most closely compare with Westminster and Lakewood which were 5th and 10th respectively on the NIBRS Colorado Safest City list. 

The NIBRS Safest City Designation incorporates both violent and non-violent crime. The Arvada Police Department is dedicated to focusing on lowering the violent crime rate within the City and would like to recommend changing the wording of this Strategic Result to read, "Maintain a violent crime rate lower than 80% of the cities in the state of Colorado with a population of 100,000".

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