N is for the National Crime Information Center

Eirik Stavelin

Photo by Eirik Stavelin

We are past the halfway mark on Crime Fiction Alphabet joyride. If you are unfamiliar with CFA, it is a challenge run by Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise, so head on there and sign up, or click on some links and read what others have to say. This is my second time on this ride and I have chosen to focus on topics related to crime fiction rather than books and/or authors.

N is for the National Crime Information Center

  • It is a the central database for crime related information.
  • Maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
  • Established in 1967 by J. Edgar Hoover.
  • Contains a variety of information from property crimes including firearm records to Missing Persons, Gang Activity etc.
  • Information is entered by federal, local and tribal enforcement divisions. These records can then be searched by others.

7 responses »

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Peter – I really like the way you’re using this meme to show us what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ with real crime. Very useful stuff for which thanks.

    • Peter Reynard

      Thanks Margot. I’ve found while writing that I knew very little of what actually goes on behind the scenes.

  2. Wow never knew this was done. 🙂

  3. That’s useful information. Wonder if general public can access these records?

    • Peter Reynard

      Nope. Even access by law enforcement is restricted. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t abused. There was a scandal recently when some NYPD officers accessed the database for personal reasons rather than as part of an investigation.

  4. Very interesting. I wonder how useful the data is and how up-to-date it is. Being a database programmer, I know how easy it is to have bad or hard to search data.

    • Peter Reynard

      I think it is very useful but there have also been numerous complaints that the data is either wrong or out-of-date.


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