Criminal Justice Information Compliance and Innovation

Writing Reports NIBRS Style215

Accurate UCR/NIBRS reporting begins with excellent report writing

Seminar Overview

Who should attend:

Any personnel who write, review and approve, or code UCR/NIBRS law enforcement incident reports.

Whether you are transitioning to NIBRS or already there, this practical and informative course will help your officers, FTO’s, supervisors, and records personnel better understand crime reporting.  In addition to learning about NIBRS and crime reporting under this program, personnel will understand their respective roles in the report writing, reviewing, and coding process.  Understanding NIBRS rules regarding how many reports to write, what needs to be in the report for accurate NIBRS coding, and the NIBRS definitions of crimes will help ensure your agency produces quality crime stat reports efficiently by minimizing report kickbacks for corrections.

Report writing scenarios will be discussed along with hands-on training in the supervisor review process.  Writing good reports and producing accurate crime statistics is a team effort.  Please note that this course is specific to NIBRS reporting.  If your agency is still submitting summary reports, this course will help you gain a better understanding of NIBRS requirements and prepare for the transition to NIBRS reporting.  This is an excellent “train-the-trainer” opportunity.

Included material

After registering, you will receive a link via email to online course material including UCR/NIBRS specifications, articles of interest, state UCR contact lists, and more.

Report Writing Manual ($195 for seminar attendees)

It is highly suggested you purchase the NIBRS Report Writing Manual which accompanies this course at a discounted rate for seminar attendees. You can purchase the manual when you register. It will be emailed to you as a MS Word doc. .

See Manual

Available for purchase when you register. Designed for officers, supervisors and records personnel, this NIBRS compliant, customizable report writing manual will ensure your agency is producing accurate, error-free, well-written reports (and data). It includes the latest changes to NIBRS data elements which become effective January 2019. Your officers will have a comprehensive guide that will improve the quality of reporting, provide policy requiring thorough review of reports by supervisors, and standards for everyone to follow.

What’s Inside

  • NIBRS data elements and definitions
  • Report writing standards
  • Scenarios for officers
  • Supervisor responsibilities
  • Report review & correction policy
  • Situations requiring a report
  • By the end of shift policy
  • How many reports do I write? (Time and Place Rule, Acting in Concert, Hotel Rule)
  • How crimes are counted
  • Clearing cases by exception
  • Unfounding cases
  • Error-tracking and performance metrics

How to Buy

You can purchase the manual when you register. It will be emailed to you as a MS Word document.

Seminar registration: $215 per person

OPTIONS Report writing manual: $195 for seminar attendees (only 1 needed per agency). The manual is available for purchase when you register for the seminar. It will be emailed to you as a MS Word document.


Remember to budget for our training courses.

Interested in Hosting Your Own Seminar?

If you would like to have one of our workshops held at your agency and allow others to attend, you'll get 2 free seats and we'll do all the work!

New 2020 Pricing

New 2020 pricing is being rolled out effective January 2020 for recently posted classes.

Seminar Registration

Please pick a location below and register online. Classes fill quickly and space is limited.


Pleasant Hill, CA
Feb 20
Gastonia, NC
Apr 16
Palm Beach, FL
Apr 09
Greenbelt, MD
Feb 11

HOST AGENCIES NEEDED (Get 2 free seats).


New Class!

Writing Reports UCR/NIBRS Style is a new class and host agencies are needed.  Be the first by clicking here!

Pleasant Hill PD

"I have attended many seminars and training classes over the last 20 years in law enforcement; I have to say with certainty, yours was simply amazing. You are very informed about the topic you teach. VERY informed."


"Compared to other records seminars, this blows them out of the water!! Not the same dry instruction, but actual real world conditions. The ideas for improving 'systems' and 'people' were sound and logical. Fantastic!"

Sunrise Police Dept.

"Records management seminar is a must for anyone who deals with records--very informative class, extremely knowledgeable instructor. Send your employees--it's worth every penny."


"This class exceeded my expectations! We have already scheduled future training with PRI Management Group. We are looking forward to the next class."

Ft. Lauderdale Police Dept.

"I attended the Crime Stats and UCR for the Police Executive seminar. As with the others, the class was very informative. Thanks for another great class!"


"The seminar was outstanding, I hope to make some changes here in my department with some of what I have taken away from this class."

Avon Park Police Dept.

"I have attended other records management seminars in the past and this one was far above any of the others. Thanks for a great class."


"I really enjoyed the way every portion was explained. It wasn't overwhelming, but it put into perspective the importance of running a good police records unit."


"Ed is very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the police business. The stories are entertaining and have meaning to the topic at hand. Great incorporation of videos and images to liven up the lecture."


"We thoroughly enjoyed the style and presentation of this class. It was easy to understand and the instructor made the class entertaining. Never a dull moment."


"No suggestions. really enjoyed the class. We will be taking the UCR class in March and are very excited to get everything started for our own records unit."