Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
National Crime Information Center
Criminal Justice Information Services
(CJIS) Division
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: (304) 625-2000
NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice
information (i.e.- criminal record history information,
fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons). It is
available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement
and other criminal justice agencies and is
operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

PURPOSE: The purpose for maintaining the NCIC
system is to provide a computerized database for
ready access by a criminal justice agency making an
inquiry and for prompt disclosure of information in
the system from other criminal justice agencies
about crimes and criminals. This information assists
authorized agencies in criminal justice and related
law enforcement objectives, such as apprehending
fugitives, locating missing persons, locating and
returning stolen property, as well as in the
protection of the law enforcement officers
encountering the individuals described in the

protected from unauthorized access through
appropriate administrative, physical, and technical
safeguards. These safeguards include restricting
access to those with a need to know to perform
their official duties, and using locks, alarm devices,
passwords, and/or encrypting data communications.

USE CONSTRAINTS: Users of the NCIC system
will be restricted to only those privileges necessary
to perform an authorized task(s).

AGENCY PROGRAM: The FBI is authorized to
acquire, collect, classify and preserve identification,
criminal identification, crime, and other records and
to exchange such information with authorized

SOURCES OF DATA: Data contained in NCIC is
provided by the FBI, federal, state, local and foreign
criminal justice agencies, and authorized courts.
The FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
2000 is a nationwide information system dedicated
to serving and supporting criminal justice agencies
-- local, state, and federal -- in their mission to
uphold the law and protect the public. Its
predecessor, NCIC, was established in 1967. NCIC
2000 serves criminal justice agencies in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and
Canada, as well as federal agencies with law
enforcement missions. NCIC 2000 provides a major
upgrade to those services provided by NCIC, and
extends these services down to the patrol car and
mobile officer. NCIC 2000’s
Never forget this:  Any information you retrieve
from any law enforcement database is

NEVER...NEVER... share this information with any
unauthorized person.  The rule of thumb is easy...
anyone, outside sworn law enforcement officers, is

The rule extends to any government database, i.e.
Motor Vehicle Administration, to which public access
is restricted.

It's more than a rule...
it's the law.
During your training, you should be made aware of
all the informational and investigative databases
that will be available to you.  If not, it's not a
problem.  Your department will have an MIS
(Management Information System Unit).  The size
of your MIS Unit obviously depends upon the size
of your department, and the department's
commitment to (IT) information technology.  
Now...just because your department is really into
IT, don't expect to find any really neat databases.  
The real world of databases is quite different from
Hollywood's versions.
It's likely that you will have access to a wide range
of databases.  Any database access you receive will
be approved and granted by your MIS Unit.  There
will be few, if any, databases where you would not
be granted at least limited access.

Aside from N.C.I.C., you'll have local and state
government databases such as arrest records;
court records; parole and probation; motor vehicle
administration; traffic and parking citations, and any
number of other agencies to which your MIS has
access.  Additionally, your department could have
any number of intradepartmental investigative

Here's the rub.  IT managers, politicians, and top
cops have been talking for years about data mining
and the integration of databases for one stop
shopping...so to speak.  Don't hold your breath.  
While the technology is doable, those top cops and
politicians haven't yet gained the knowledge, or the
will, to make that happen.

One of the first things you should do is visit your
MIS Unit and get your access approved for every
database available.  As you start learning how to
access the databases, you'll probably be
disappointed by the query capabilities of most.  
However, as you become more proficient, you'll be
amazed how much information is out there just
waiting for you to develop and utilize in your

You won't have a lot of company.  Very few police
officers take advantage of IT resources available to
them.  For most, it's just too much work.
There's no question about it... we are living
in the
computer age.
During your career, you'll be encountering ever
increasing incidents involving some kind of cyber
crime.  Just as criminals were quick to upgrade in
firearms technology, many are already taking
advantage of the enormous advancements in
information technology.  The cell phone has been
the first and most noticeable example.

It should come as no surprise that computer
forensic science is a growing field which, if not
already, will be indispensable to law enforcement.
Computer Forensics Recruiter.com A
comprehensive computer forensics website,
written with the assistance of many
industry professionals.  We provide
information on colleges/training facilities for
certification, along with career and salary
information so that those interested can
make educated decisions when getting into
the field of computer forensics.  
Information Databases
"While the technology is doable, those top
cops and politicians haven't yet gained the
knowledge, or the will, to make that happen."
~ Barry M. Baker
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