Education & Training

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Investigative Tools & Technology

Canine SAR-Dog Search and Rescue Resources

Information about search and rescue dogs.

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

Online index tool for solving violent crimes that enables laboratories at the federal, state, and local levels to exchange and compare the DNA profiles of convicted offenders.

Critical Incident Response Group (FBI)

CIRG prepares for and responds to critical incidents, major investigations, and special events by providing expertise in behavioral and crime analysis, crisis management, and rapid deployment logistics.

The Doe Network

International online resource for law enforcement cold case investigations providing indexes to unexplained disappearances and unidentified persons and a searchable database of related resources.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory

FBI resource center and laboratory for processing investigations and evidence examinations for ongoing open cases, through technical forensic assistance to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

Online network sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department for the coordination by law enforcement agencies of financial intelligence specifically related to terrorist financing and money laundering.

The Forensic Anthropology Data Bank (FDB)

Hosted at the University of Tennessee, this databank contains information on skeletal, cranial, and dental records for biometric comparison, and the organization hosts a forensic discriminate function database (FORDISC), which uses forensic measurements to classify unknown cranial remains.

Funding for Solving Cold Cases With DNA

Online resource page under the President's DNA Initiative that provides reports and information on the funding programs available to law enforcement agencies with cold case programs.

How Cold Case Squads Work

Online resource for law enforcement agencies to create and use cold case squads as a tool for solving cold cases.

Information on Cold Cases for Law Enforcement (ICCLE)

Quarterly newsletter sponsored by the Institute for Cold Case Evaluation (ICCE) to discuss law enforcement advancements in investigative techniques to help solve cold cases.

Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)

Online electronic database of fingerprint evidence hosted by the FBI, allowing state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate ten-print based fingerprint identification services, latent fingerprint services, subject search and criminal history services, document and imaging services, and remote ten-print and latent fingerprint searches.

The Lost Child Alert Technology Resource (LOCATER)

Online resource available to all law enforcement agencies, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), designed to allow law enforcement personnel to upload posters of missing and abducted children and to share these images with other law enforcement agencies.

National Association for Search and Rescue Specialty Field: Search and Rescue Dogs (NASAR SAR Dogs)

Online information links, training programs, and collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies to advance the pursuits of search and rescue dogs.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the CDC Scientific Data, Statistics, and Surveillance

Government resource that provides a database of nonfatal and mortal injury data and a searchable interactive injury mapping system.

The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA)

National nonprofit organization that sponsors a clearinghouse of collaborative resources for locating missing adults and for collecting information for shared use by law enforcement agencies.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

National organization providing internet-based resources and a clearinghouse of posted image databases to aid in the solving of cold cases by law enforcement agencies, including photograph age progression, facial image reconstruction, fingerprint identification, handwriting analysis, and browser-based dashboard access to technology resources for law enforcement officers.

National Crime Information Center (NCIC)

Online electronic database of criminal justice information hosted by the FBI, allowing state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to search for categorized information, such as criminal record history, fugitives, stolen property, and missing persons.

National DNA Index System (NDIS)

Online index tool of CODIS for linking crime scenes and identifying offenders, created from the combination of the Forensic Index (for biological evidence collected from crime scenes) and the Offender Index (for profiles of sexual and violent offenders), in an effort to coordinate investigative leads from DNA evidence indexed from multiple jurisdictions.

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)

Tool of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that allows firearms technicians of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to use ballistic identification digital imaging equipment to compare firearm and tool mark evidence.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

Allows searches for matches between missing persons and unidentified human remains.


Nonprofit organization that provides scientific and investigative support to law enforcement agencies to assist with solving cases involving hidden evidence and human remains.

Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR)

International emergency contact tool that enables law enforcement and emergency response agencies to retrieve stored data relating to emergency contacts, next of kin, and vital medical information.

Orchid Cellmark - Cold Case DNA Screening Service

Private organization that provides technological and laboratory tests of biological and DNA evidence, providing law enforcement agencies with evidence analysis in a format conducive to uploading onto CODIS.

Project Edan

Online database sponsored by volunteer artists to assist law enforcement agencies with the creation of facial reconstructions.

Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP)

Program of the FBI that provides an online national data information center to law enforcement agencies in an effort to coordinate the investigations and tracking of violent offenders, specifically in murder cases.

WinID3: Dental Identification System

Computerized database of dental and pathological information for use in comparison of dental and anthropometric evidence for the purpose of locating matches by forensic analysts and law enforcement agencies.