Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Crime Information Center
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 system.

NCIC are 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.

system will be restricted to only those
privileges necessary to perform an
authorized task(s).

authorized to acquire, collect, classify and
preserve identification, criminal
identification, crime, and other records
and to exchange such information with
authorized entities.

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
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 unauthorized.

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

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 databases.

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

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
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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