More Arizona Tribes Given Access To Crime Database

By Stina Sieg
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 8:55am
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A federal program for Native American tribes to access national crime information databases is expanding. Three of the 25 tribes that are part of the expansion are in Arizona.

The expansion will include the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Hopi Tribe and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The tribes can use the databases to do background checks and see outstanding warrants and domestic violence protection orders. The Justice Department provides funding for either computer software or kiosks that can process prints, take mug shots and submit records.

The number of participants in the Tribal Access Program is expected to rise from 47 to 72 by the end of 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.