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Criminal Identification Division

Criminal Identification Division

The Nebraska State Patrol Criminal Identification Division (CID) is housed in the Nebraska State Patrol Investigative Services Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. A support Division within Investigative Services, the Criminal Identification Division provides a centralized repository of criminal history records and fingerprints for the State of Nebraska. The CID is responsible for maintaining accurate and current criminal history records for all persons arrested and fingerprinted within the State of Nebraska and is to furnish this information to any person authorized to receive it.

CID MISSION STATEMENT:

The primary mission of CID is to ensure the safety and protection of Nebraska citizens and law enforcement officers. CID fulfills the Nebraska State Patrol’s statutory responsibilities for maintaining, updating and disseminating criminal history records, issuing concealed carry and explosives permits and providing public services in the form of fingerprinting, training and community outreach. CID staff proudly perform these functions in a timely, accurate and consistent manner with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

CID MOTTO: 

Doing work that matters, for people that matter!

CID consists of the following teams:

AFIS

AFIS
AFIS

The Nebraska Automated Fingerprint Identification System better known as AFIS is a computerized system which provides rapid and accurate fingerprint processing and comparison. The Nebraska AFIS was first implemented on August 23, 1995 with five fingerprint workstations in the state.  Since 1995 the Nebraska AFIS has gone through two major upgrades in 2003 and 2007 and is currently being upgraded in 2016. In addition, the AFIS networked has been expanded through the years and it now consists of six latent (partial) print workstations, nine ten-print workstations and more than 40 LiveScan (electronic) fingerprint machines and 12 hand-held mobile identification devices across the state. As of early 2016 the AFIS database contains more than 600,000 ten-print fingerprint records (criminal and non-criminal combined) and nearly 15,000 latent fingerprint images.

Fingerprint Identification

There are two types of fingerprint identification.

“Ten-print identification” involves collecting all ten of an individual’s fingerprints on a “ten-print card” and then comparing those fingerprints against of fingerprints from a database to identify potential matches. An individual can be fingerprinted if they are arrested or if they are submitting to a fingerprint-based background check for employment or licensure purposes. This type of identification is typically used to search criminal history records to determine if the subject individual has been arrested and fingerprinted in the past.

“Latent identification” involves comparing partial prints that have been collected at a crime scene against fingerprints in a database in an effort to identify the identity of the individual that left the partial print at the crime scene. Unlike what is portrayed on TV and in movies, it is important to note that the computer system does NOT make an identification. Potential matches are identified by AFIS but a human being conducts a detailed visual comparison to determine if the prints are a true match or not.

LiveScan technology has created the ability to collect an individual’s fingerprints electronically in high resolution images. These electronic records can then be submitted to the AFIS electronically. Despite the benefits of this technology, it is expensive and therefore can be cost prohibitive for smaller law enforcement agencies so the tried and true ink and paper collection method is still in use today. These fingerprint submissions must then be mailed to the Nebraska State Patrol to be scanned into the AFIS. LiveScans are located at the Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters in, Omaha, Norfolk, Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff. In Lincoln, the LiveScan is located at the Investigative Services Center. Additional LiveScans locations can be found by clicking the following link:

This system in addition to the main computer is comprised of 11 workstations and 27 LiveScans. Workstations are located at the Nebraska State Patrol Criminal Identification (CID) Division, and the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln Police Department and Omaha Police Department, each have a workstation.

Background Checks

Background Checks
Background Checks

The Background Checks team serves as the starting and ending point for background checks. Background check requests that are received are entered into our tracking system by this team which then completes what we call the "first look-up".  This is a name-based search of our Patrol Criminal History (PCH) database to make an initial determination as to if the subject individual has a criminal record in Nebraska. Those requests that have a criminal history are forwarded to Update Team for review and update the criminal history record. Once the background check is finalized, the background check team generates the report and mails the results to the requestor or to the agency authorized to receive the results. It is important to note that the Nebraska Criminal History Repository is fingerprint-based so we only maintain criminal records where the offender was fingerprinted.

The Background Checks team also serves an accounting function to ensure that the appropriate fees are collected. In this capacity, they also maintain escrow account records for state agencies that take advantage of this service.

In addition, the Background Checks team has the critical responsibility for conducting emergency background checks for children being placed into emergency foster care

Front Desk

Front Desk
Front Desk

The CID Front Desk Staff is the public face of CID.  They answer the phone and field questions of all varieties from the general public, assist people at the front window and they handle the fingerprinting duties for CID.  The front desk staff as a whole are very knowledgeable, professional and provide exceptional customer service!

Permits

Permits
Permits

The Permits Team is responsible for the processing of all Concealed Handgun permits (CHP) and permits for the purchase, storage and use of explosives.  Included with this responsibility is review of the documents submitted with the application, an exhaustive criminal history background check, printing and mailing the issued permits, reissuing permits due to loss or data changes and permit renewals.

Updaters

Updaters
Updaters

The CID Update Team is responsible maintaining the State of Nebraska's criminal history repository.  The repository consists of nearly 400,000 hard copy records, an electronic image storage and retrieval system and our Patrol Criminal History (PCH) database.  As new arrest records come to CID through the receipt of fingerprint arrest cards from across the state, a record of the arrest is added to PCH by the Update Team and the hard copy card is either scanned into the image storage and retrieval system or filed in the appropriate paper jacket or both.  In 2013 CID discontinued the practice of creating new paper files for first time offenders instead choosing to store these records electronically.

The Update Team also plays a crucial role in our background check process by reviewing the criminal history record for every background check where the subject individual has been arrested.  Through this review, the Update Team identifies arrest records where we do not have a final disposition yet.  By contacting the appropriate court or county prosecutor we are able to determine what the final result of that arrest was and update our records to ensure that the information we provide through a background check is as complete and accurate as possible. The Update Team also redacts information that we are prohibited by state statute from releasing to the public.

A sub-set of the Update Team known as the NCHIP Team works to proactively update historical records. Funding for this project comes from Federal grant money from the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).  The goal of NCHIP is to improve the completeness and accuracy of criminal history records across the nation to help ensure the safety of all citizens of the United States.

Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP)

Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP)
Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP)

Created in 2014 using Federal Grant money through the National Criminal History Record Improvement Program (NCHIP), the QAIP is designed to provide a mechanism to reach out to our local criminal justice partners across the state to ensure that Nebraska's criminal history records are complete, accurate and are updated in a timely manner. 

Through data collection and on-site assessments, we are able to provide vital feedback to local agencies regarding the quality and timeliness of the information that they provide.  We are also able to facilitate the opening of lines of communication between our agency and our local partners ensuring that each agency through the entire criminal justice process is receiving the information that it needs to ensure complete and accurate records.

Phone: 402-479-4971 

Fax:  402-479-4321

Email: nsp.criminalidentification@nebraska.gov

Mailing Address

Investigative Service Center 
Criminal Identification Division 
PO Box 94907 
Lincoln NE 68509

Street Address

Investigative Service Center
Criminal Identification Division
3800 NW 12th Street
Lincoln NE 68521

Public Hours - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Fingerprinting appointments - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

CID is closed on weekends and all State holidays (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, JR. Day, President's Day, Arbor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day plus any additional days declared by the Governor of Nebraska or the President of the United States)

In 1978, the Nebraska Legislature passed the Security, Privacy, and Dissemination of Criminal History Information Act.This act includes Sections 29-209, 29-210, 29-3501, to 29-3528 and 81-1423 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes.

The purpose of the act is defined as (1) to control and coordinate criminal offender record-keeping within the state, (2) to establish more efficient and uniform systems of criminal offender record-keeping, (3) to assure periodic audits of such record-keeping in order to determine compliance with this act, (4) to establish a more effective administrative structure for the protection of individual privacy in connection with such record keeping, and (5) to preserve the principle of the public's right to know of the official actions of criminal agencies.

The act authorizes the Nebraska State Patrol to be the central repository of criminal history records information for the State of Nebraska and also defines criminal history collection and dissemination procedures.