Have you heard of National Data Exchange Program (N-DEx), the only nationwide information sharing program for law enforcement? N-DEx was created by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS). CJIS and the IACP have partnered to promote the importance of N-DEx. Since its launch in 2008, almost 5,000 local, state, tribal, and federal criminal justice agencies have contributed information onto the secure database. Now, N-DEx has over 280 million searchable records and that number is growing daily! These records include incident and case reports; arrests, incarceration data; and parole and probation information.
Imagine a law enforcement system with the search capabilities of Google and easy sharing tools. N-DEx is an information sharing database, which means users can access free, immediate, and real time information that is derived from databases across the criminal justice system. Users can share cases investigation information and collaborate with other agencies and investigations over the N-DEx’s secure network. Users can search names, addresses, VIN numbers, descriptions, crime methods, and much more. As a user you can slim down search results by using filters. If a crime cross’ jurisdictions, investigators can easily share evidence and records to collaborate on investigations. Another great feature is notifications, individuals can set their search preferences to make them aware when another user searches for similar information.
Is your agency part of N-DEx? N-DEx is open to all law enforcement and most criminal justice support agencies. N-DEx also has data settings for those agencies who contribute data so that agencies can comply with, and execute their own privacy laws, policies, and procedures. Contributors have control over what data to share, who can access it, and under what circumstances.
Become a user, it’s easy! Users do not need to be associated with a contributing agency. For further details on becoming a user please visit http://www.iacp.org/Ndex-involvement.