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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 system.
ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: All records in 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.
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 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 most recent iteration of NCIC became operational on July 11, 1999 at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. A recent hardware upgrade to the NCIC system is responsible for this significant improvement in performance.
Categories of individuals covered by the system:
A. Wanted Persons: 1. Individuals for whom Federal warrants are
2. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an
offense which is classified as a felony or serious misdemeanor under
the existing penal statutes of the jurisdiction originating the entry
and for whom a felony or misdemeanor warrant has been issued with
respect to the offense which was the basis of the entry. Probation and
parole violators meeting the foregoing criteria.
3. A "Temporary Felony Want" may be entered when a law enforcement
agency has need to take prompt action to establish a "want" entry
for the apprehension of a person who has committed or the officer has
reasonable grounds to believe has committed, a felony and who may seek
refuge by fleeing across jurisdictional boundaries and circumstances
preclude the immediate procurement of a felony warrant. A "Temporary
Felony Want" shall be specifically identified as such and subject to
verification and support by a proper warrant within 48 hours following
the entry of a temporary want. The agency originating the "Temporary
Felony Want" shall be responsible for subsequent verification or re-
entry of a permanent want.
4. Juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent and who have escaped
or absconded from custody, even though no arrest warrants were issued.
Juveniles who have been charged with the commission of a delinquent
act that would be a crime if committed by an adult, and who have fled
from the state where the act was committed.
5. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an
offense committed in a foreign country, which would be a felony if
committed in the United States, and for whom a warrant of arrest is
outstanding and for which act an extradition treaty exists between the
United States and that country.
6. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an
offense committed in Canada and for whom a Canada-Wide Warrant has
been issued which meets the requirements of the Canada-U.S.
Extradition Treaty, 18 U.S.C. 3184.
B. Individuals who have been charged with serious and/or significant
1. Individuals who have been fingerprinted and whose criminal history
record information has been obtained.
2. Violent Felons: Persons with three or more convictions for a
violent felony or serious drug offense as defined by 18 U.S.C.
C. Missing Persons: 1. A person of any age who is missing and who is
under proven physical/mental disability or is senile, thereby
subjecting that person or others to personal and immediate danger.
2. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating
that the disappearance was not voluntary.
3. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating
that that person's physical safety may be in danger.
4. A person of any age who is missing after a catastrophe.
5. A person who is missing and declared unemancipated as defined by
the laws of the person's state of residence and does not meet any of
the entry criteria set forth in 1-4 above.
D. Individuals designated by the U.S. Secret Service as posing a
potential danger to the President and/or other authorized protectees.
E. Members of Violent Criminal Gangs: Individuals about whom
investigation has developed sufficient information to establish
membership in a particular violent criminal gang by either:
1. Self admission at the time of arrest or incarceration, or
2. Any two of the following criteria:
a. Identified as a gang member by a reliable informant;
b. Identified as a gang member by an informant whose information has
c. Frequents a gang's area, associates with known members, and/or
affects gang dress, tattoos, or hand signals;
d. Has been arrested multiple times with known gang members for
offenses consistent with gang activity; or
e. Self admission (other than at the time of arrest or incarceration).
F. Members of Terrorist Organizations: Individuals about whom
investigations has developed sufficient information to establish
membership in a particular terrorist organization using the same
criteria listed above in paragraph E, items 1 and 2 a-e, as they apply
to members of terrorist organizations rather than members of violent
G. Unidentified Persons: 1. Any unidentified deceased person. 2. Any
person who is living and unable to ascertain the person's identity
(e.g., infant, amnesia victim). 3. Any unidentified catastrophe
victim. 4. Body parts when a body has been dismembered.