How ARMS Reports NIBRS?
The ARMS system provides the data collection and reporting tools necessary to ensure a quick and easy report writing experience for Patrol Officers and an easy to follow data submission workflow for Records personnel to gather NIBRS submissions from the system to upload to the state/FBI.
Using the ARMS system, transitioning the agency from UCR to NIBRS does not equate to transitioning Patrol Officers to stationary objects behind a keyboard for hours of the day. The intricate rules for NIBRS data submissions are well-managed by the ARMS system in such a way as to not burden the Officer with lengthy time at a laptop/workstation attempting to file a report. ARMS guides the Officer through a workflow designed around quick reporting and returning to the field. The system takes on the complexities of NIBRS on behalf of the user, rather than putting that responsibility on the shoulders of the user.
A thorough review of NIBRS-reportable case data is but a mouse-click away, yet the system does not restrict the Officer from entering case data that is also needed for prosecution purposes which might extend beyond the scope of NIBRS. Using the NIBRS Review feature, the agency Records personnel can view and manage the distinct elements for NIBRS submission from the case report to ensure all meets NIBRS requirements, while allowing the Officer to maintain the report data required for prosecution.