As crime globalizes, so does crime fighting. Mobsters, serial killers, and terrorists cross state lines and borders effortlessly, using the most recent improvements in mass media, public transportation, telecommunications, and computer networks. The cops – there are 16,000 law enforcement agencies in the Unites States alone – is never really far behind.
Quotations from the official Web pages of a few of these databases
Its assignment would be to combine investigative and operational support functions, research, and training to be able to offer assistance, without charge, to national, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies investigating unusual or repetitive violent crimes. The NCAVC also provides support through expertise and consultation in non violent matters including national security, corruption, and white-collar crime investigations.
VICAP is a nationwide data information center made to collect, collate, and analyze crimes of violence – specifically murder. It collates and analyzes the essential characteristics of homicides, and other violent offenses.
Murder Investigation Tracking System (HITS)
A program inside the Washington state’s Attorney General’s Office that tracks and investigates homicides and rapes.
Violent Crime Linkage System (ViCLAS)
Canada-wide computer system that assists specially trained investigators to recognize serial crimes and criminals by focusing on the linkages which exist among crimes by the exact same wrongdoer. This system was created by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in the early 1990s.
International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) – Interpol’s DNA Gateway
Supplies for the transfer of profile data between several states as well as for the comparison of profiles that conform to Interpol standards in a centralized database.
International communication system for connecting its member states and offer them with user friendly use of police advice.
Supplies advice on the development and implementation of fingerprinting systems for the overall public and international law enforcement entities. Also provides analyses and indexing services.