ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials say a that changes in the way St. Louis police record crime statistics have prevented the department from publicly publishing crime data for nearly six months.
The problem is related to a switch the department made in December to a new way of tracking crime in response to FBI reporting requirements. The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) went live on December 7.
Police department spokeswoman Michelle Woodling said the city is still working on a way to resume publishing monthly incident data. The city has been preparing for this switch since at least 2017, according to The Post-Dispatch.
St. Louis University sociologist Christopher Prenner, who studies crime data, said it’s important for the public to know more about crime trends in St. Louis where crime is as high as it is.