Hits Milestone - National Criminal Database Reaches 400 Million Records

By Michael Klazema on 10/3/2010

The national criminal database service from has reached 400 million records. is a leading provider of background screening services. According to Craig Kessler, president of, the size of a national criminal database is significant.

“This is a huge achievement for,” said Kessler.  “Size is the major differentiator among criminal database providers.  The scope of the search broadens with each additional record and source that becomes available.  This in turn allows better criminal reporting accuracy and, at 400 million records, clients – whether they are employers, tenant screeners or volunteer organizations —are recognizing the value inherent in this database.”

The growth of the national criminal database comes as no surprise.  It has been growing steadily in years past thanks to a dedicated source acquisition and data aggregation team within the company which has gathered a large number and variety of sources.  The source list includes sources from all levels: international (such as global threat lists) national, state (such as sex offender registries) and county.

Through the national criminal database, clients can perform ongoing criminal monitoring on previously-checked individuals in addition to running the initial investigation.  This alerts clients to new crimes that may be associated with subjects previously run through the national criminal database.



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