Sharing national policing information for a safer community
CrimTrac’s Police Reference Services enables the Australian police services to share policing information across Australia’s state and territory borders.
The National Police Reference System (NPRS) is available to Australia’s 55,000 operational police officers, with access delivered to their desktops, in-car, and via hand held devices, depending on the agency.
The NPRS enables Australian police and law enforcement agencies to exchange information about persons of interest. Officers can make decisions equipped with knowledge recorded by their colleagues across the nation.
This is a powerful innovation that greatly improves an officer’s ability and confidence to respond to events and to investigate them comprehensively.
The NPRS positively impacts on:
The NPRS provides up-to-date comprehensive information on persons of interest to:
The police agencies collectively determine what data should be shared, the minimum set of data that makes each record sensible and who can access the data.
NPRS has been designed to allow each police service to determine its own rules for providing and querying data.
The National Vehicles of Interest System (NVOI) records stolen, recovered, wanted and suspect vehicle details.
The National Firearm Licence and Registration System holds information on past and current firearm licence holders, licensed firearms dealers and registered, lost or stolen firearms.
The National Names Index comprises multi-jurisdictional indexed data on criminal histories, missing persons, warrants, domestic violence orders, adverse firearms history and other related information on persons of interest for use by police nationally.
It provides an early warning for police by flagging information on those persons who may not be known on local police jurisdictional databases but who have a record in other states or territories. CrimTrac also uses the NNI to initiate national criminal history checking for accredited agencies.
The system enables police to identify names and addresses allocated to particular phone numbers, verify the addresses of detained suspects and clarify the details of callers to police emergency telephone operations.