The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is the entry point into the Criminal History database for criminal arrests. The existing system required manual editing and receiving of criminal information, resulting in a backlog of sometimes up to 6 months before an entry could be stored into the Criminal History database. Realizing the existing processes were unsustainable, the DTS programming team joined forces with BCI personnel to rewrite the system.
They system was programmed to perform data validation at the entry point of receiving the information. Submissions that did not meet the edit checks were returned immediately to the sender for correction and resubmission. Reports were developed to allow BCI to spot trends in rejected records, identifying where training was necessary so data quality could be improved. A “store and forward” database was implemented to all BCI to manage the submissions. Ways to review committed data were developed to ensure the validations were working correctly. Criminal History records could then be inserted into the repository within minutes of submission instead of day, resulting in increased safety for law enforcement and a more complete reporting of criminal history.
The use of technology and innovative processes has greatly advanced the AFIS processing, resulting in significantly improved efficiency. The bulk of manual editing and data corrections is now performed programmatically. What used to take 3-4 individuals 4-7 days to do before storing the information into the Criminal History database, now takes one person 1-2 hours to review after storing it into the database.