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 and has expanded yearly 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


There are currently 47 tribes with agencies participating in TAP.

View the list of TAP and TAP-LIGHT tribes

View a map of the TAP and TAP-LIGHT tribes



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 and/or Software:
Workstations feature a computer, palm/fingerprint scanner, camera, flatbed scanner, and printer to provide access to and enter data into national crime information systems.

Software provides full access (both query and entry capabilities) to national crime information databases.

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


Participating tribes in TAP-FULL receive a kiosk workstation that provide access to national systems as well as training to support whole-of-government needs. Participating tribes in TAP-LIGHT receive software for criminal agencies that include 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.


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