March 15, 2002, the FBI's National Crime Information
Center (NCIC) set a new record for transactions processed
on a single day, with 3,295,587. The average response
time for these transactions was .1467 second. Response
time is the time it takes for the NCIC to receive, process,
and respond to an inquiry. 2002 year-to-date averages
have been 2.8 million transactions per day with an average
response time of.16 second.
which was implemented by the FBI in 1967, processed
2 million transactions during its entire first year
of operation. Recent average daily transactions were
approximately 1 million per day in 1991, and 2.1 million
per day in 1999.
most recent generation of NCIC became operational on
July 11, 1999 at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information
Services Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. A recent
hardware upgrade to the NCIC system is responsible for
this significant improvement in performance.
is a computerized index of criminal justice information
(i.e.- criminal record history information, fugitives,
stolen properties, missing persons). It is available
to Federal, state, and local law enforcement and other
criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year.