Tribal Access Program (TAP)

Tribal Access Program (TAP)

Tribal Access Program (TAP)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in August 2015 to provide tribes access to national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems and other national crime information systems.

Functions

DOJ Serves as the CJIS Systems Agency (CSA) For Federally Recognized Tribes:
DOJ assumes responsibility for granting network access, extending the model used by federal agencies to tribes. DOJ ensures personnel, IT, and physical security; vetting and on-boarding; testing; training; and auditing.
DOJ Provides Integrated Workstations:
Workstations feature a computer, palm and fingerprint scanner, camera, flatbed scanner, and printer to provide access to and enter data into national crime information systems.
DOJ Provides Enhanced Training and Assistance:
TAP provides online and in-person training and assists tribes in analyzing needs and identifying/providing appropriate solutions to maximize the value of national crime information

Implementation

In 2015, DOJ selected tribes to participate in the initial User Feedback Phase. This partnership focused on testing DOJ’s technology solution and training support; it also enabled tribes to identify and share best practices regarding the use of national crime information databases to strengthen public safety.

In 2016, participating tribes received a kiosk workstation that provided access to national systems as well as training to support whole-of-government needs. User Feedback Phase tribes have elected to implement TAP in a variety of criminal and civil agencies. Those criminal agencies included police departments, prosecutors, criminal courts, jails, and probation departments. The civil agencies and programs that were eligible to use TAP included agencies whose staff have contact with or control over Indian children; public housing agencies; child support enforcement agencies; Head Start programs; civil agencies that investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children; civil courts that issue orders of protection, injunctions, restraining orders, or other keep away orders; and sex offender registration programs.

TAP adds value to tribal efforts to have orders of protection enforced off-reservation, protect children, keep guns out of the wrong hands, improve the safety of public housing, register sex offenders, and allow tribes to have tribal arrests and tribal convictions be associated with their tribe.

The Department of Justice is expanding this program in 2017.  Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a letter or resolution from the tribe’s governing body by December 2, 2016.  Please visit the 2017 Expression of Interest page for further details.

Interested tribes may go to Contact Us and complete the form or may send email to TribalAccess@usdoj.gov. DOJ recognizes that some tribes have access to certain CJIS systems through state CSA networks. In that instance, DOJ encourages a three-way discussion with the tribe and the state CSA about their information needs.

TRIBAL ACCESS PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION

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