National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have provided several major updates to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases across the U.S. Funded and administered by NIJ and managed through a cooperative agreement with the Center in Fort Worth, Texas, NamUs resources are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professionals and family members of missing persons.

Feedback from stakeholders across the United States helped inform the updates. Updates include streamlined user registration, enhanced case search and matching, improved access to cases and tools from one central dashboard and increased security. In addition to the search database application, the suite of NamUs resources include technology, forensic and analytical services, investigative support, and local, regional and online training programs.

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The Justice Technology Information Center is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. JTIC serves as an information resource for technology and equipment related to law enforcement, corrections and courts, and hosts the NIJ Compliance Testing Program, a voluntary equipment standards and testing program for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and other officer safety equipment, which conducts equipment testing, reviews and analyzes testing data and disseminates results.

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