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Identification and Information Technology Section
Identification & Information Technology Section
  Criminal Justice Records Bureau
  Information Technology Bureau
  State Bureau of Identification

A/Major E. Swearingen - Commanding Officer

The members of the Identification & Information Technology Section are instrumental in providing technological services to the law enforcement community statewide. From the development and implementation of state of the art applications to the electronic publishing of crime statistics to using mapping to identify high crime areas, this Section enables the Division to stay at the forefront of the nationwide drive to better use today's technological advances to fight crime.

The Section is comprised of the following Bureaus and Units:


Criminal Justice Records Bureau

The following Units make up the Criminal Justice Records Bureau:

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Criminal Records Unit

This unit is responsible for processing and maintaining all state police investigation, arrest and criminal-related reports. All requests for discovery regarding criminal investigations conducted by the Division of State Police are processed by the Criminal Records Unit.

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Micrographics & Court Disposition Reporting Unit

The Unit receives and processes various court disposition documents, including reports from the Automated Complaint System (ACS), the Promis Gavel(P/G) System, final court orders and fingerprint cards.

Master prints, criminal prints and applicant prints are all indexed and archived. The Unit maintains and archives the Bureau's criminal and applicant jacket files through a imaging and microfilm process. This allows all other units within the State Bureau of Identification to view and retrieve these files through a remotely accessed computer generated program.

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Traffic Records Unit

This unit is responsible for processing and maintaining all State Police motor vehicle (non-toll), drinking driving and boating accident reports. All requests for discovery regarding drinking driving investigations conducted by the Division of State Police are processed by the Traffic Records Unit.

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Uniform Crime Reporting Unit

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This unit is responsible for the collection, compilation, and analysis of crime statistics reported by all law enforcement agencies within the state. An impartial and comprehensive account of the reported crime in the state is prepared and produced in the Crime in New Jersey annual publication.

The unit collects and analyzes all domestic violence and bias incidents occurring statewide. Based on the data collected, the unit produces an annual New Jersey Domestic Violence Report and the New Jersey Bias Incident Report.

The unit designed and implemented a computerized on-line system for collecting and analyzing statistical data on all reported carjackings occurring statewide. The Annual Carjacking Offense Report is a comprehensive report which outlines the extent, type, and geographic location of carjacking offenses in New Jersey. In addition, the unit's responsibilities include the statewide collection of statistical data on criminal offenses involving the use of assault firearms.

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Information Technology Bureau

The Information Technology Bureau provides the Division of State Police with the technical expertise and support necessary to carry out the Division's mission through the strategic use of computerization. Further, the Information Technology Bureau augments the Law Enforcement Community's ability to protect and serve by facilitating the storage and retrieval of computerized information relevant to preserving the public's safety.

Information Security Unit

The Information Security Unit is responsible for the safeguard of information contained within the Division of State Police Computing resources. Associated with these responsibilities is the security and integrity of the network from intrusion, disruption and destruction of sensitive data.

The Information Security Unit provides proactive monitoring of the CJIS Network and is responsible for network security design and configuration. They also conduct periodic field audits to ensure local, county and State compliance with FBI CJIS regulations.

The Information Security Unit implements and maintains the requirements for the federally mandated state Information Security Officer (ISO) and serves as a state level focal point for the gathering and dissemination of information for other local, county, state and military on information security issues.

IT Contracting Unit

The IT Contracting Unit provides Division wide Information Technology (IT) Purchasing Services.

IT Systems Support Unit

Responsible for receiving personal computers and related peripherals (e.g., printers, modems, scanners) purchased by the Division. Implements the setup, bench testing and installation of each computer system. Performs the eradication of detected computer viruses and the restoration of affected data. Repairs personal computer and related peripherals.

Microcomputer Database Development Unit

Responsible for design, writing, testing and debugging of personal computer/local area network database applications and the administration of the Division's database servers.

Network Services Unit

Development of network strategies and tactics that promote intra and inter-agency information sharing. Development of network logical configuration plans and physical plant design. Deploy and maintain the NJSP Certificate authority and sub-authorities. Develop, deploy and maintain the NJSP Storage Area Network. Development of strategies and tactics for diasaster recovery of data storage and data networks. Maintenance of NJSP wide area network connections, local area networks, and network equipment. Develop, deploy and maintain connection, file, print, messaging and antivirus/antispam services. Develop, deploy and maintain data and email security IAW the policies of the Information Security Unit. Maintenance of all municipal connections that use NJSP equipment. Maintenance of all network equipment used by municipal agencies.

Operations Support Unit

The Operations Support Unit identifies infomation technologies having strategic value to the Division's business and enforcement activities.

The unit is responsible for proper implementation and operation of the Computer Aided Dispatch system, Mobile Data Computers, Digital In-Video Recorder,
E-icketing, Electronic Accident Reporting and all personal computers and related peripheral devices for the Field Operations Section.

Programming Unit

The unit writes, tests, and debugs computer programs based on specifications written by the System Design Unit.

The unit coordinates the programming efforts of the Office of Information Technology personnel assigned to the New Jersey State Police application development projects.

New Jersey State Police applications such as the Human Resource System, Records Management System and the eDaily have been created by the Programming Unit. These core applications were all designed, coded, and implemented in house using our own team of State Police and civilian personnel.

Systems Design Unit

The Systems Design Unit (SDU) is part of the Information Technology Bureau (ITB). Its primary mission is to design custom IT solutions for the New Jersey State Police as well as the NJ law enforcement community at large. The unit is comprised of both enlisted and civilian personnel, all with strong analytical and programming skills. SDU also coordinates the analytical efforts of personnel assigned from the Office of Information Technology.

SDU is also responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of the IT solutions they design. This is done in conjunction with the Programming Unit in ITB.

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State Bureau of Identification (SBI)

The State Bureau of Identification (SBI) functions as the central repository for the receiving, verifying, coding, processing, and dissemination of all criminal history record information utilized by criminal justice agencies for criminal justice purposes and noncriminal justice agencies for licensing/employment purposes.

Current computer technology allows for the input, update, and dissemination of accurate and timely criminal history record information (CHRI).

The Bureau has management responsibility for the following statewide programs:

  • Master Name Index
  • Computerized Criminal History System
  • Noncriminal User Fee System
  • Megan's Law Sex Offender Registry
  • Central Drug Registry
  • Interstate Identification Index
  • Court Disposition Reporting System
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System
  • Arrest and Conviction Flag File
  • National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • New Jersey Wanted Person System (NJWPS)
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
  • Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Volunteer Review Operation
  • Expungement

Federal and state laws mandate that the services provided by the SBI be maintained at a high level of efficiency and accuracy.

Presently, there are over four thousand New Jersey Criminal Justice Information System (NJCJIS) field terminals which access the Bureau's computerized criminal history files for arrest, prosecutorial, and custody information.

The following Units make up the State Bureau of Identification:

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Biometric Identification Unit

The Biometric Identification Unit (BIU), formerly called the Automated Fingerprint Identification Unit, classifies, searches, stores and verifies all criminal and noncriminal fingerprint, palm print and mug photo record submissions. The master fingerprint file contains more than 4,625,000 fingerprints and nearly 73,000 palm prints.

The BIU's implementation and efficient utilization of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has enabled the unit to achieve its mandates by processing criminal arrest and noncriminal licensing/employment fingerprint records in a timely and accurate manner. The AFIS is a computerized scanning system used for the storage and comparison of fingerprints and palm prints. Since its inception in May, 1990, the AFIS has proven to be one of the most significant advancements in law enforcement technology.

In 1997, the BIU began the task of upgrading the existing AFIS. The upgrade known as the Fully Integrated Fingerprint Identification System (FIFIS) provides for the electronic transmission of fingerprint records 24 hours a day from the point of booking to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI) utilizing digital live scan and mug photo devices. This process provides for the rapid identification while a suspect is still in custody. At the end of the identification process, the suspect’s NJ criminal history record is automatically built and/or updated and the fingerprint record is then electronically transmitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) to be searched nationally. The digital mug photo is stored in the SBI’s central repository where it is shared and viewable by the entire law enforcement community. These mug photos are used in facial recognition comparisons and digital mug photo line ups.

Live scan and mug photo deployments commenced on June 5, 1997. Initially, there were just eight live scan devices located at police departments in Newark, Jersey City, Atlantic City, Paterson, Camden, East Orange, Elizabeth and State Police Bridgeton. As of January 2014, there are more than 630 live scan devices deployed state wide. Nearly all full time law enforcement agencies in New Jersey are equipped with a live scan device. Additionally, 423 agencies are equipped with mug photo devices and 41 agencies submit palm prints. Nearly all criminal fingerprint, palm print, and mug photo submissions are electronically submitted to the SBI.

Biometric Identification Unit’s Latent Identification

Since its inception in May, 1990, the New Jersey State Police Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) continues to be one of the most significant advancements in law enforcement technology. In total, more than 147,000 latent (crime scene) cases have been submitted to the New Jersey State Police Biometric Identification Unit (BIU). Currently, there are more than 103,000 active latent cases, with more than 175,000 latent evidence lifts searched with every arrest each day. Nearly 27,000 possible suspects have been identified from these case submissions.

To assist law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Biometric Identification Unit has four locations capable of processing latent print submissions:

Troop A Headquarters in Buena Vista, Holmdel Station on the Garden State Parkway, Troop C Headquarters in Hamilton Township, and NJ State Police Division Headquarters in West Trenton NJ.

  • Buena Vista latent hours are 7:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. Phone #(609) 561-1800 Ext. 3326.
  • Holmdel latent hours are 7:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Phone # (732) 441-4525.
  • Hamilton latent hours are 7:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Phone #(609) 584-5000 Ext. 5144
  • NJ State Police Division Headquarters latent hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 A.M. to 11:00 P.M., Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. Phone #(609) 882-2000 Ext. 2461

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Criminal Information Unit

New legislation has increased the number of citizens that are required to be fingerprinted for licensing, employment, firearms application and volunteering. Numerous public and private sector employers now require job applicants to submit to background and fingerprints checks. Many non-profit groups that have members or volunteers who interact with children and senior citizens (i.e., Boy Scout Troop Leaders, Youth Coaches, Health Care Workers etc…) are required by these organizations to be fingerprinted.

An electronic live scan fingerprint service provides an 800 number, fax service, and a web based on-line scheduling service to allow applicants to schedule fingerprint appointments (within 7 days). Their fingerprints are electronically captured in approximately 10 minutes at a state contracted private fingerprint site. Currently the New Jersey state vendor has18 static sites, as well as several mobile sites to provide fingerprint locations within twenty (20) miles of the applicant’s residence or place of employment. For more information on applicant and noncriminal fingerprinting, please visit https://www.bioapplicant.com/nj or contact the state vendor’s call center at 1-877-503-5981.

The use of live scan fingerprinting technologies has reduced the ink card process and completes the applicant's background check within ten business days for both State and Federal checks. Fingerprints are electronically captured which reduces poor quality submissions and the need to create two sets (state and federal) of fingerprint cards. Submissions are electronically processed using the allowing State Bureau of Identification (SBI) state checks to be completed in approximately one hour. If needed, the fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and are processed within twenty-four hours. Submitting state agencies are receiving criminal history record results electronically within one to ten business days.

For additional information on applicant and noncriminal fingerprinting, please contact the Criminal Information Unit at 609 882- 2000 x 2918, 2448

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Criminal Justice Information System Control Unit

The Criminal Justice Information System Control Unit (CJISCU) is designated as the Control System Agency (CSA) by the FBI, and provides statewide management to criminal justice users with respect to CJIS data. The system consists of over 700 criminal justice agencies and provides users with computerized data from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), the New Jersey Wanted Person's System (NJWPS), National Crime Information System (NCIC), and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications system (NLETS).

The main objective of the CJISCU is to insure that all state wide users meet NCIC policy requirements, by enforcing system integrity, discipline, and security. To accomplish this, the CJISCU conducts periodic training, biennial audits, and security checks of all users. In addition, over 200,000 NJWPS/NCIC records are tracked and validated by unit personnel.

On October 1, 2004, the CJIS Control Unit completed the implementation of NCIC 2000. This project converted all users to a web based, TCP/IP environment using frame relay communication circuits.

In a continuing effort to ensure system integrity and security, Access Control Facility 2 (ACF2) logon procedures must be utilized to access CJIS. The ACF 2 utilizes a logon identification and password mechanism to authenticate user identities, and provides access security safeguards.

The New Jersey Criminal Justice Information System Security Policy outlines and defines security measures for all statewide users. The Security Policy covers personnel security, physical and visual security of terminal sites, user authorization, technical security, dissemination of CJIS information, audit program, and Mobile Data Computer (MDC) access control standards.

Authorized CJIS users throughout the state can access additional information and resources regarding CJIS issues on a new website, CJIS.NJSP.ORG. The website provides a centralized location for users to obtain guidance relating to network and computer security. The website is for the use of authorized criminal justice personnel only.

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Data Reduction Unit

The Data Reduction Unit (DRU) creates, updates, modifies and reviews all computerized criminal history (CCH) records contained within the Master Name Index and CCH system. DRU searches, identifies, and inputs all criminal source documents into the CCH and Master Name Index (MNI) Systems and reviews the criminal history files prior to dissemination to ensure accuracy.

The Data Reduction Unit's continuing interface with the Administrator of the Office of the Courts' (AOC) Automated Complaint System (ACS) aim to eliminate paper reporting to the SBI from the municipal courts. The completed interface with the AOC PROMIS/Gavel System has eliminated paper reporting from the 21 county Superior courts. Juvenile records are flagged for criminal disposition from the Family courts by this unit. Correctional information on jailed subjects is flagged via an automated interface and built on the CCH records for a complete criminal background record. Arrest/conviction notifications are electronically sent from this unit to requesting agencies.

New Jersey is one of four states participating in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) Program, which allows for the electronic transmission of Federal Interstate Identification Index (III) records directly from this State. DRU maintains the Central Drug Registry for law enforcement employment background checks and creates records in the Firearms Licensing System for application/registration.

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Expungement Unit

The Expungement Unit ensures an individual's right to privacy with the sealing and expunging of all criminal records ordered by the court, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 et seq.. The unit is responsible for reviewing petitions and court orders to determine if they conflict with the intent of the law. The unit also reviews and disseminates expunged records for criminal justice agencies, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-27c.

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Identification Records Unit

The Identification Records Unit (IRU) receives, sorts, counts, and records all source documents that comprise the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system. The IRU also maintains the automated mugshot repository for the Division of State Police. These photographs are files of arrested subjects, convicted registered sex offenders and domestic violence final restraining order subjects submitted by criminal justice agencies though out this State. It also has the responsibility for the mailing of all Bureau correspondence and the supplying of various types of fingerprint cards and supplies to contributing agencies.

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Records Assembly Unit

The Records Assembly Unit (RAU) builds Computerized Criminal History (CCH) records from the criminal disposition data retrieved from automated criminal disposition databases. The RAU conducts a five-year audit program, searching for criminal court dispositions, pursuant to Federal requirements. As a requirement of Megan's Law, maintains New Jersey's Sex Offenders Registry (NJSOR) Files and contributes them to the Federal Convicted Sexual Offender Registry File (CSORF). This unit links DNA data from the State Police Laboratory System to the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) record for access by law enforcement agencies for investigative purposes. The RAU also reviews sex offender records submitted from the 21 County Prosecutor offices and releases those records for publication on the NJ Sex Offender Registry web site at NJSP.ORG for public safety.

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National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIC)
Criminal Information Unit

The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) NICS Operation Center conducts background checks for Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) on prospective firearm purchasers in accordance with the provisions set fort in the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 922. The NICS Operation Center transmits a formatted message to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) NICS Operation Center accessing the Interstate Identification Index (III), National Crime Information Center (NCIC) hot files and the NICS Index. In addition to these files the NJSP NICS Operation Center accesses the following New Jersey data bases: the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Domestic Violence Central Registry, the Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) Census and USTF databases, the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) files and the NJSP Firearms Investigations Unit files.

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