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Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information

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Date Published
September 2016
2 pages
This document reports on the initial User Feedback Phase for the launch of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in August 2015, which enables selected tribes to access national crime information systems for both criminal and civil purposes.
Under TAP, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) provides tribes with workstations composed of a computer, palm and fingerprint scanner, camera, flat bed scanner, and printer, so as to provide access to and enter data into national crime information systems. In addition, TAP provides online and in-person training and assists tribes in analyzing needs and identifying/providing appropriate solutions to maximize the value of national crime information. Under the TAP User Feedback Phase, which began in 2015, DOJ selected tribes to participate in the testing of DOJ's technology solution and training support, and it enabled tribes to identify and share best practices in the use of national crime information. The Tap User Feedback Phase shows that TAP has enabled tribes to have orders of protection enforced off-reservation, protect children, keep guns out of the wrong hands, improve the safety of public housing, register sex offenders, and allow tribes to have tribal arrests and tribal convictions be associated with their tribe. Because of the success of the TAP User Feedback Phase, DOJ will continue to make TAP services available to additional tribes. The TAP website updates information on the application process.

Date Published: September 1, 2016