Accessing Data Of Law Enforcement Essay

1290 Words Nov 11th, 2015 null Page
Accessing Data in Law Enforcement Being able to access data about an offender is an essential tool in law enforcement. We will demonstrate the need for access to data by using the following situation as a guideline: You and Uncle Bob, who is from California, are on a vacation together in Miami when he gets pulled over for speeding. Uncle Bob has never been out of the state of California before this so he only has a criminal history in California. However, the Miami Police Department knows all of Uncle Bob’s personal characteristics along with his offense record and they have decided to handcuff and arrest him on the scene. Based on that scenario, we will analyze the information available to the Miami Police Department and the flow of information from California to Florida; explain four ways that information is shared between local and/or federal agencies; and evaluate what crimes Uncle Bob could be charged with.
Analyze the Information Available An officer has many ways they can access data, but one of the biggest databases incorporated nationwide is the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). NCIC started in 1971 and is available to all fifty states and the District of Columbia at the federal, state, and local law enforcement levels among other criminal justice agencies. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2008), “The purpose for maintaining the NCIC system is to provide a computerized database for ready access by a criminal justice agency making an…

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