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Interesting Facts: Did You Know?

There are a variety of operations that go on within the three components of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch (STB)—the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the Laboratory Division, and the Operational Technology Division. Here are some interesting facts on some of those operations:  

  • DNA Spiral (Stock Image)The National DNA Index contains over 9,875,100 offender profiles, 1,216,400 arrestee profiles, and 447,300 forensic profiles. As of August 2012, CODIS (Combined DNA Index System)—the software that runs criminal justice DNA databases—has produced over 187,700 hits assisting in more than 180,000 investigations. 
  • The FBI maintains more than 5,000 samples of human and animal hair in its training reference collection.
  • The Uniform Crime Reporting program, created in 1929, provides crime data (number of murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, etc.) reported by more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies for use by those and other law enforcement agencies as well as policymakers, academia, and the public.
  • Woman Handling Tiny Bits of Paper or ChadBetween 400 and 600 pieces of chad (tiny bits of paper) are in one 8.5 x 11” sheet of shredded paper. Our document examiners piece shredded documents back together.
  • The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) averages nearly 8.8 million transactions a day, serving more than 92,000 users. NCIC set a single-day record on July 2, 2012, processing more than 12 million transactions.
  • STB manages the world’s largest repository of biometric-supported criminal histories, with 72.6 million subject criminal history records contained in the system.
  • Fingerprints on CardDuring Fiscal Year 2015, the FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) examined 37,600 pieces of media totaling more than 9.77 petabytes (PB), or 9,770 terabytes (TB), of data while supporting more than 7,338 investigations.
  • Nearly 18 million background checks are conducted each year through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to determine purchase eligibility for firearms and explosives.
  • The Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) program provides services to more than 5,000 agencies in 16 states. In Fiscal Year 2015, 684 agencies requested RCFL assistance on major cases.
  • The FBI maintains supercomputing resources with the ability to decrypt secure media in one day that would otherwise take 162 years to complete. Malicious software can be analyzed by the Bureau using automated systems within a matter of minutes.