& Identification Bureau consists of the following support
CCHRS: Consolidated Criminal History
CWS: Countywide Warrant System
Los Angeles County
Regional Identification System
Public & Law
Management Information Services
Unit - The Countywide Warrant System (CWS) maintains information
on persons for whom a felony, misdemeanor, or traffic warrant
has been issued. It is a computerized information system designed
for efficient and rapid retrieval of warrants and wanted persons
information. CWS also contains felony want information. Unlike
the CJIS (California) and NCIC (federal) wanted persons systems,
CWS provides a Warrant Information Sheet (WIS for identification
and warrant booking purposes).
Superior Court issues only two types of warrants:
- Bench warrants as a result of information, an
indictment, or a violation of probation, and
- Body attachments for defaulters.
All bench warrants and body attachments for defaulters, including
Juvenile Court warrants originating from the Superior Court
or its departments, are placed into CWS.
Until late 1997, CWS entered all the data from the paper copy
of the felony warrant issued by the courts. To make the system
more timely, the Superior Courts now enter the data when the
warrant is issued. This is done for all warrants except those
issued by the Juvenile Courts, which are still entered by
The Unit provides the law enforcement community with accurate
and timely warrant information. CWS provides operational training
to station personnel and all CWS participants. It also analyzes
legislation and proposals regarding warrants.
The Los Angeles County Regional Identification System (LACRIS)
is the body responsible for fingerprint identification services
for all law enforcement agencies in the County. LACRIS is
managed by the Sheriff, with oversight, direction, and funding
authorization by the Remote Access Network (RAN) Board. LACRIS
is in the process of upgrading both aging Automated Fingerprint
Identification Systems (AFIS) for the Sheriff and Los Angeles
Police Department into a single advanced system. LAPD completes
identification processing for Los Angeles City, while the
Sheriff's Central Site at RIB processes identifications for
all other agencies in the County. Latent Fingerprint examiners
conduct investigations via terminals at ten remote sites,
known as Local Input Terminals (LIT). LIT sites are located
at the Sheriff's Scientific Services Bureau, Los Angeles PD,
Downey PD, Long Beach PD, Pasadena PD, Pomona PD, Torrance
PD, Santa Monica PD, West Covina PD, and Whittier PD. Crime
scene latent fingerprints are routinely checked against either
local databases or the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
Fingerprint identification of prisoners and immediate registration
of the arrest are completed through the DOJ AFIS and updated
in local criminal history systems.
A new Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System
(AFIS) is in the procurement phase and will service the needs
of all County law enforcement agencies for both arrest identifications
and identification of latent (crime scene) prints. The Regional
AFIS, which should be operational mid 2003, represents the
latest in technology and provides advanced investigative tools
and exceptional accuracy. The system accommodates the two
central sites, one at Sheriffs Records and Identification
Bureau, and the second at Los Angeles Police Department's
Records and Identification Division. The Sheriff's site processes
over 20,000 monthly bookings from Sheriff's arrests and all
Police agencies except Los Angeles. The LAPD Central Site
processes approximately 10,000 monthly arrests. The Regional
AFIS will be the first County AFIS to incorporate automated
Palm Searching, and significantly elevates the potential for
solving crimes, including previously unsearched homicide prints.
The LACRIS livescan network consists of over 160 networked
livescan fingerprint devices known as "tenprinters"
The tenprinters permit the electronic capture of fingerprint
images through scanning technology. The tenprinters function
as complete booking stations when demographic information
is inputted, or information be retrieved from the Automated
Justice Information System (AJIS) through the Livescan Interface
(LSI) application. The livescan booking process incorporates
the mugshot photo capture as well. Upon completion of booking,
fingerprints, mugshots and demographic data are electronically
transmitted to the one of the Central Sites for processing.
An electronic version of the L.A. County Consolidated Booking
Slip may be printed from the tenprinter. This booking slip
includes a mugshot image, as well as fingerprints. Every police
agency in Los Angeles County is currently utilizing this consolidated
booking slip. In addition to Sheriff's stations, livescan
workstations are provided by LACRIS funding to every municipal
police department in L.A. County, the Courts, Probation Department's
Juvenile Halls, and the District Attorney investigators Office.
An innovative "articulated" livescan on a movable
platform was provided to the Coroner's Office to facilitate
identification of the deceased.
System: The LACRIS Mugshot System is a technically advanced
system that provides mugshots of each arrest, accessible to
police officers and investigators throughout the County. It
includes an Intranet web application that permits searches,
creation of mugbooks, and composition of "six pack lineups."
Additional functionality is available on dedicated terminals
at 14 strategically located remote sites which are accessible
to all police agencies. Four sites include the ability to
conduct facial recognition matching. The Mugshot System is
integrated with Cal-Photo, which establishes a Statewide network
of mugshot and DMV photos.
PALES: Public and Law Enforcement Services is responsible
for archiving, retrieving, and releasing crime reports and
booking jacket information it maintains. It is comprised of
Applicant, Correspondence, Certification, Department of Defense,
Validation, Sealing, Document Processing, Information Retrieval,
Public Services, and Registration units.
- The Applicant Processing Unit performs criminal record
checks for law enforcement and other authorized agencies for
employment and licensing purposes.
- The Correspondence Unit responds to written and electronically
mailed requests for police or accident reports and custody/booking
information received from authorized and law enforcement agencies.
The Desk is also part of this unit and generally handles those
requests for custody/booking information and reports from
individual private clients, and insurance companies.
Certification Unit responds to requests for criminal records
and/or crime reports from the Department of Justice, the courts
and the correctional institutions.
- The Department of Defense Unit (DOD) provides record
checks for those individuals on whom the United States Department
of Defense conducts background investigations for the purposes
of granting higher level security.
- The Validation Unit certifies the accuracy and status
in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) files.
- Sealing Unit is responsible for sealing criminal
records, as directed by court order or petitions approved
by station detectives.
Document Processing Unit (DPU) prepares, tracks reports
and prisoner's release jackets. It is also responsible for
reviewing work performed by the contracted imaging services
- Information Retrieval Unit (IRU) furnishes record,
warrant, arrest dispositions, supplies microfilm copies, reports
and release jackets to authorized agencies.
- Public Services Unit (PSU) provides walk-in services
to the public and other authorized agencies. Photographs,
fingerprint, and licensing services are provided for a fee.
Other services include providing arrest/traffic accident reports
(information available in accordance with the Public Records
Act), warrant checks, and clearance letters, and processing
arson and narcotic registrants.
- Registration Unit is responsible for processing arson
and narcotic registrant information into an internal database.
The Unit is also responsible for the coordination of Megan's
Law access to the public.
Information Services (MIS):
is responsible for the quality control of Department crime and
arrest statistics; the preparation and submission of all state
and federally mandated reports; the publication of the Departments
Year In Review and Annual Statistical Review, the processing
of all routine and ad hoc requests for crime statistics; the
maintenance and publication of the Statistical Code Guide /
Radio Code Book and the Radio Channel Guide; the management
of the Command Accountability Reporting System (CARS); the management
of the Crime Analysis Program; and the implementation of Geographic
Information System (GIS) services. Additionally, MIS is responsible
for a variety of information system services / functions, including
the maintenance of statistical codes, reporting districts, special
unit designators and arresting agency codes.