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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 additional capabilities are as follows:

  • Enhanced Name Search: Uses the New York State Identification and Intelligence System (NYSIIS). Returns phonetically similar names (e.g. Marko, Marco or Knowles, Nowles or derivatives of names such as William,Willie, Bill).

  • Fingerprint Searches: Stores and searches the right index fingerprint. Search inquiries compare the print to all fingerprint data on file (wanted persons and missing persons).

  • Probation/Parole: Convicted Persons or Supervised Release File contains records of subjects under supervised release.

  • Online Manuals: State Control Terminal Agencies (CTAs) can download manuals and make them available to users on-line.

  • Improved Data Quality: Point-of-entry checks for errors; validates that data is entered correctly (e.g., VINs); checks that data is entered in all mandatory fields; links text and image information; and expands miscellaneous fields.

  • Information Linking: Connects two or more records so that an inquiry on one retrieves the other record(s).

  • Mugshots: One mugshot per person record may be entered in NCIC 2000. One fingerprint, one signature, and up to 10 other identifying images (scars, marks, tattoos) may also be entered.

  • Other Images: One identifying image for each entry in the following files: Article, Vehicle, Boat, Vehicle or Boat Part. A file of generic images (e.g., a picture of a 1989 Ford Mustang) is maintained in the system.

  • Convicted Sex Offender Registry: Contains records of individuals who are convicted sexual offenders or violent sexual predators.

  • SENTRY File: An index of individuals incarcerated in the federal prison system. Response provides descriptive information and location of prison.

  • Delayed Inquiry: Every record entered or modified is checked against the inquiry log. Provides the entering and inquiring agency with a response if any other agency inquired on the subject in the last five days.

  • On-line Ad-hoc Inquiry: A flexible technique that allows users to search the active databases and access the system’s historical data.

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