LIBRS Changes 2017-08-31T14:10:28+00:00

WHAT CHANGED IN LIBRS 2.5?

LIBRS 2.5 will be Louisiana’s response/solution/approach to the “National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X)” and increasing agency participation/reporting to NIBRS.

In LIBRS 2.5, participating agencies will now assign both the LRS and the NIBRS code for all offenses and arrests.

  • Greater Control – By changing to this new data specification, submitting agencies will now have total control over what crime category each offense or arrest assigned to.
  • Simplified Process – The changes will simplify agency review of crime statistics of submitted data because the NIBRS codes will be easily viewed on an incident-by-incident basis in each data submission file.
  • New Data Elements – New data elements will be added to Victim information that will allow Louisiana to begin completely and correctly submitting LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officer Killed or Assaulted) data to NIBRS.
  • Build on Existing Systems – These changes expand upon the time-proven and NIBRS-certified WinLIBRS system and LIBRS Data Specifications 2.0/2.1 and will be detailed in the upcoming LIBRS 2.5 Guidelines and Specifications Manual.

2.5 Specification Documents

Refer to the Downloads section.

WHAT CHANGED IN LIBRS 2.2?

Code Table Updates


Location Types


Nineteen new data values have been added to the Location Type (Data Element 9) code table. In addition, two existing data values (40 and 41) have been changed in accordance with the new NIBRS 3.0 Technical Specifications. The existing LIBRS-only Location Types Casino Land-Based (40) and Casino Riverboat (41) have been changed to ATM Separate from Banks (40) and Auto Dealership New/Used (41).

Note: Existing, historical Location Type data values of 40 and 41 will need to be migrated to Location Type data value 47 in all agency record management systems, as the old codes (40 and 41) have been repurposed with new definitions per the NIBRS 3.0 Specifications.

Listed here are the new Location Types, along with changes to Location Types 40 and 41:

Property Description


Eighteen new data values have been added to the Property Description Type (Data Element 15) code table.  There are no conflicts with existing codes. Listed here are the new Property Description Type (Data Element 15) codes:

Bias Motivation Codes


Several changes have been made to the Bias Motivation (Data Element 8A) code table, including ten new Bias Motivation data values (16, 28, 29, 81,82, 83, 84, 85, 61 and 62). Two Bias Motivation data values (71, 72) have been redefined and repurposed; and, one Bias Motivation has been redefined and its data value deleted (73). Two other LIBRS-only Bias Motivations (70, 74) have been clarified regarding their conversion to NIBRS data values.

Bias Motivation code 71 (Ancestry) will no longer be accepted. Bias because of a Victim’s ancestry will now be coded as 33 (Anti-Other Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry).

Bias Motivation code 72 (Creed) will no longer be accepted. Creed is now considered redundant with Bias Motivation code 25 (Anti-Other Religion). Bias because of a Victim’s creed will now be coded as 25 (Anti-Other Religion).

Bias Motivation code 73 (Gender) will no longer be accepted. NIBRS has released four new codes that explicitly splits gender bias into the following specific categories:
• 61 Anti-Male
• 62 Anti-Female
• 71 Anti-Transgender
• 72 Anti-Gender Non-Conforming

For Bias Motivations that are not collected by the FBI (that is, they are LIBRS-only), the existing documentation suggests those LIBRS-only Bias Motivations (70 and 74, for example) should be converted to Bias Motivation code 88 (None) before sending them to NIBRS, indicating that no bias occurred. However, the NIBRS extraction and conversion process has, in fact, been translating them to 99 (Unknown) which is logical, and should continue to be used. The new LIBRS Specification 2.2 will be updated to reflect what has actually occurred in practice.

Below is the new, updated list of Bias Motivations (Data Element 8A). The descriptions for the various categories may have been updated by the FBI to be more inclusive or specific in nature.

Illogical Offense and Property Combinations


It is illogical for certain NIBRS Offense Codes (Data Element 6) to have certain corresponding Property Descriptions (Data Element 15). For example, it is illogical for Purse Snatching (NIBRS Code 23B) to have a corresponding Property Description data value of 01 (Aircraft) or Livestock (18). The table below shows the invalid combinations of NIBRS Codes and Property Descriptions. Cells that are shaded brown represent INVALID combinations of NIBRS Offense codes and Property Descriptions.

Race Codes (Victim, Offender, Arrestee)


The existing Race code table is the same for Victims, Offenders, and Arrestees. It is being updated to include the following new category: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (P). The new code table will be:

New Business Rules for LIBRS Error-Checks


Human Trafficking Offenses (NIBRS Codes 64A and 64B)


  1. For Human Trafficking offenses (NIBRS Codes 64A and 64B), the data value for Victim Type (Data element 25) must be “I” (Individual)
  2. If Offenders of Human Trafficking offenses are known, then the data values for both Offender Number to be Related (Data Element 34) and Relationship of Victim to Offenders (Data Element 35) must be supplied as well
  3. If Offenders are unknown, then the data value for Offender Number to be Related (Data Element 34) must be “000” (UNKNOWN)
  4. A data value for Type of Weapon/Force Involved (Data Element 13) must be specified
  5. A data value for Type of Injury (Data element 33) must be specified

All five of the above requirements for Human Trafficking offenses are validated by LIBRS’ Mandatory Validation No. 18

Rape and Statutory Rape Offenses


  1. Rape and Statutory Rape Offenses require that Offenders are at least 17 years of age or older
  2. All Statutory Rape Offenses (LRS 14:80 Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile) require Victims to be 13, 14, 15, or 16 years old
  3. All statutory rape Offenses require Offenders to be at least 2 years older than their Victims
  4. A Statutory Rape must be classified as a misdemeanor (LRS 14:80.1 Misdemeanor Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile) if the Offender is at least 2 but less than 4 years older than the Victim
  5. A Statutory Rape must be classified as a felony (LRS 14:80 Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile) if the Offender is 4 or more years older than the Victim
  6. Any Rape Offense with Victims less than 13 years of age must be classified as first degree rape.
  7. ecessary Database Migrations
  1. Location Types 40 (previously Land-Based Casino) and 41 (previously Riverboat Casino) must both be set to 47 (Gambling Facility/Casino/Race Track)
  2. Bias Motivation
    • 71 (previously Ancestry) must be changed to 33 (Anti-Other Ethnicity/ National Origin
    • 72 (previously Creed) must be changed to 25 (Anti-Other Religion)
    • 73 (previously Gender) must be changed to 99 (Unknown).

Necessary Database Migrations


  1. Location Types 40 (previously Land-Based Casino) and 41 (previously Riverboat Casino) must both be set to 47 (Gambling Facility/Casino/Race Track)
  2. Bias Motivation
    • 71 (previously Ancestry) must be changed to 33 (Anti-Other Ethnicity/ National Origin
    • 72 (previously Creed) must be changed to 25 (Anti-Other Religion)
    • 73 (previously Gender) must be changed to 99 (Unknown).