| 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:
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.
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.
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.
Uniform Crime Reporting Unit
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.
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.
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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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
- 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
Federal and state laws mandate that the services provided
by the SBI be maintained at a high level of efficiency and
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:
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
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
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
Criminal Justice Information System
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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