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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What Is CODIS?


HUH??? Say WHAT?

All Law Officials Should Know AFIS, NCIC, CODIS, BOLO, and DNA.

~Educate Yourself Here~


CODIS is a computer software program that Operates on Local, State, and National Databases of DNA profiles from convicted offenders, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons.

How Does CODIS Work?

CODIS uses 2 indexes to generate leads in crimes

1)The Convicted Offender Index contains DNA profiles of individuals convicted of certian crimes.

2)The Forensic Index contains DNA evidence obtained from crime scene evidence.

Please go to Local FBI Listings for more information on requesting packets.

(The packets must be requested from an approved CODIS lab or department) The packets will be mailed to law officers closest to the family who is reporting a missing loved one.

Law officials will be given a date of entry from CODIS. Once the missing person's DNA is in CODIS it will be compared with all current entries. CODIS will also later compare any human remains found in the future.

All missing persons should be submitted into CODIS.
A standard list of data entry for cases of the missing is as follows:

♦ Dental Records
♦ Good Current Photo
♦ Send county/state BOLO out concerning missing person
♦ Contact your state clearinghouse and report missing person

Listing of State Clearinghouses

(includes adress/phone number/mail/email for each state)

This is a free service to law officials across the country and assures good information to be obtained nationwide in the identification process of unidentified and or missing persons. The following links will help you in your search for good information.

AFIS Automated Fingerprint Identification System
NCIC National Crime Information Center
CODIS Combined DNA Index System
BOLO Be On the Look Out

A HUGE Thank you to Tonya, who originally posted this great information on Peace4

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