Department of Justice Opens Application Period for Program to Improve Tribal Access to National Crime Databases | Takeover bid

The Department of Justice is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia to participate in the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, which offers federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with crime information databases for authorized criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes.

“The Tribal Access Program (TAP) is a proven and powerful tool for tribal police, government, and court officials to investigate crimes, keep children safe, and hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable, among other things. important uses,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said. “As TAP continues to grow, more tribes will be able to protect their communities by participating in this successful program.”

The program provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process fingerprints, take electronic photos, and submit information to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems. There are currently 108 federally recognized tribes participating in TAP. The department will accept TAP applications from July 1 through August 31. Tribes selected to participate will be notified in September.

“The Tribal Access Program has enabled our tribe to more effectively serve and protect its citizens by preventing individuals from illegally purchasing firearms and ensuring that their personal protection orders are entered into databases. federal data, making known their existence, not only in Indian country. , but across the country,” said court administrator/magistrate Traci L. Swan of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. “Achieving fingerprint-based checks…has enabled our tribe to expedite the placement of our children into safe foster homes.”

For tribes considering applying, TAP staff will host informative webinars outlining the program and its capabilities. Webinars will be offered throughout July and August. For more information about TAP, including dates, times, and access information for our webinars, visit

Using TAP, tribes shared information about missing people; seized domestic violence protection orders for nationwide enforcement; convicted sex offenders; managing criminal history; fugitives arrested; entered bookings and convictions; and conducted fingerprint-based record checks for non-criminal purposes such as screening employees or volunteers who work with children.

“Before receiving the system, our community did not have direct access to the services provided by the TAP program,” said Metlakatla Indian Community Police Chief Bruce R. Janes. “Being the only reservation in Alaska and a remote community on an island, the TAP program has provided independence for our community and the police department, giving us the ability [to] be self-sufficient with the extensive programs available with TAP.

The department offers TAP services through one of two methods:

  • TAP-LIGHT: Provides software that allows full access (both query and input capabilities) to national crime information databases, including the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Interstate Identification Index (III) and the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets) for criminal justice purposes.
  • TAP-FULL: In addition to the basic access capabilities of TAP-LIGHT, provides a kiosk workstation that allows fingerprint-based transactions to be submitted and queried via the Next Generation Identification System (NGI ) of the FBI for criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes.

Due to the program’s funding sources, eligible tribes must have—and agree to use TAP for—at least one of the following:

  • A tribal sex offender registry authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act;
  • A tribal law enforcement agency that has powers of arrest;
  • A tribal court that issues protection orders; Where
  • A tribal government agency that screens people for foster care or investigates allegations of child abuse/neglect.

TAP is funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Supervision, Arrest, Registration and Tracking (SMART); the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS); the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). TAP is co-managed by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the Ministry’s Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ).

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