Maryland Becomes 14th State to Participate in National Fingerprint File (NFF)

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On June 6, 2010, the State of Maryland, through its Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), became the 14th National Fingerprint File (NFF) participating state. SEARCH congratulates Maryland Member Mr. Ronald C. Brothers, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology and Communications Division, DPSCS, and Ms. Carole Shelton, Director, CJIS Repository, and her staff at Maryland's DPSCS for a successful implementation.

"Maryland's work in becoming the 14th participating NFF state is commendable," said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH Executive Director. "It strengthens Maryland's commitment to supporting our nation's federated system of fingerprint-based criminal history record information."

The Interstate Identification Index (III), known as "Triple I," is an "index-pointer" system for the interstate exchange of criminal history record information. Under III, the FBI maintains an index of persons arrested for felonies or serious misdemeanors under state or federal law. (A serious misdemeanor is generally one that results in a jail sentence of one year or more.)

The index includes identification data (name, birth date, race, sex, etc.), and FBI and state identification numbers (SIDs) from each state that has information about an individual.

Currently all 50 states and the District of Columbia participate in III. Fourteen states also participate in the National Fingerprint File (NFF). NFF states assume responsibility for providing III-indexed records for criminal and noncriminal requests. The 14 NFF states are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Wyoming.