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FBI’s Criminal Biometrics Info System Enters ‘Full Operational Capability’

biometricsThe FBI has declared its new biometric identification system to be in the full operational capability phase nearly one month after the bureau said it completed work to convert 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards to digital formats.

This work completes another phase of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System project, through which the FBI seeks to grow its biometric identification offerings and add new services, the bureau said Monday.

During this phase of the NGI program, the bureau added a new “Rap Back” functionality that works to help users receive status notifications of criminal history reported on individuals that hold positions of trust, such as teachers in school.

Through Rap Back, the FBI seeks to help law enforcement and other criminal justice personnel track criminal activity of people that are under investigation or supervision.

A second new feature of NGI — the “Interstate Photo System” — offers the law enforcement community an investigative tool that is designed to search for photographs associated with criminal identities.

Phase one of NGI went live in February 2011 as part of the FBI’s goal to help approximately 18,000 agencies and other criminal justice enterprises exchange and access fingerprint information electronically.

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