N-DExNational Data Exchange
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The N-DEx System is an unclassified, national, strategic investigative information-sharing system that includes millions of criminal justice records to help users reduce crime and promote public safety The N-DEx System brings together records from thousands of local, county, tribal, state and federal criminal justice agencies, helping users share, search and link information from the initial dispatch call or patrol stop to the supervision of an individual reintegrated into the community (see Figure 1).
Federal data available via the N-DEx System includes records from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), Joint Automated Booking System (JABS) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
N-DEx System users can search for a variety of data types, including names, aliases, social security numbers, state and federal identification numbers, telephone numbers, addresses, vehicles, crime characteristics and more.
The N-DEx System provides access to over 780 million searchable records, containing billions of searchable entities, from more than 7,200 criminal justice agencies in 44 states.
Conducting searches on the N-DEx System can assist the institutional corrections community as it strives for inmate safety in jails, detention centers and prisons.
The N-DEx System can enhance supervision efforts by quickly identifying offender contact with law enforcement in other jurisdictions.
The N-DEx System can assist in the expedited apprehension of absconders and fugitives.
N-DEx is already being pilot-tested with the West Virginia State Police and police departments in Marietta, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia.
In support of N-DEx, CPAC has created the Trail Guide for companies providing software and related services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.
CPAC has played an active role, including being the sponsor for the adoption of the N-DEx Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) as a national standard and the development of reference documents like the Trail Guide to help companies get started.
With the development of the N-DEx Implementer's Trail Guide, we see the other important role that the Institute plays, which is to bring companies together, many of whom are competitors, to work side by side to move the information sharing ball forward.”
For more information on N-DEx, visit the Institute's website: http://www.ijis.org/_programs/n-dex.html