Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2009

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

IAFIS Recognition for 10 Years of Service

Clarksburg, WV—On October 1, 2009, the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The ceremony will be held in the CJIS Division's auditorium and will start at 1:30 p.m. Daniel D. Roberts, Assistant Director of the CJIS Division, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. FBI Executive Assistant Director Louis E. Grever, Science and Technology Branch, will be the keynote speaker.

Prior to the implementation of IAFIS on July 28, 1999, the processing of ten-print fingerprint submissions was largely a manual, labor intensive process, taking weeks and months to process a single submission. IAFIS provides the FBI with a totally electronic environment to process ten-print fingerprint submissions. The original design for IAFIS allowed for the processing of up to 62,500 ten-print submissions per day. With the installation of technological upgrades and enhancements over the years, IAFIS is processing nearly an average of 200,000 ten-print submissions per day, or 4.4 million transactions per month. The average response time for an electronic criminal fingerprint submission is eight minutes, while electronic civil submissions are processed within two to three hours.

The IAFIS repository holds nearly 65 million criminal subjects, with nearly 240 million arrest cycles. It grows by 9,000 to 11, 000 new criminal subjects daily. There are nearly 27 million subjects in its civil holdings.

Media interested in covering this event are requested to contact the Multimedia Productions Group, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, at (304) 625-5820 by close of business Wednesday, September 30, 2009.


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