DOJ seeks to give tribal policy better access to crime databases

DOJ seeks to give tribal police better access to crime databases

The Justice Department is looking for a way to give Native American tribal police better access to national criminal databases to help them with crime prevention and investigations.

On many reservations, tribal governments have no access to the criminal information systems available to federal law enforcement agencies or state and local governments. As a result, tribal police are often unable to identify parole and probation violators or fugitives with active warrants. Similarly, there is no practical way to perform minimal checks on applicants to sensitive positions in schools, hospitals and the gaming industry.

The Justice Department is investigating the possibility of developing and deploying kiosk workstations for the Tribes to access the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), according to a recent notice in FedBizOpps.

In addition to access to CJIS, the workstations should include a system to process finger and palm prints as well as take mug shots and be able to interface with the National Crime Information Center and the Next generation Information system for both criminal and civil transactions. 

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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