In Arkansas, crime statistics are submitted by law enforcement agencies using the incident base reporting method within the Arkansas Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. While this information comes from law enforcement and includes the number of arrests and incidents known and reported by law enforcement agencies, it does not include any data relating to prosecution, adjudication or corrections. Likewise, it does not attempt to draw any conclusions about the cause of crime. Throughout the year the Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) within ACIC publishes a number of statistical reports, including the annual Arkansas Crime Statistics.
The crime statistics are based on data reported to the Arkansas Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by law enforcement agencies. As of 2009 all law enforcement agencies report using the NIBRS National Incident Base Reporting System Format. Prior to 2009 all law enforcement agencies reported using either the NIBRS or Summary Format.