Database aids fugitive searches, but still limited

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- All law enforcement agencies in Tennessee have a national database to catch fugitives, but not all agencies use it for every case, which allows some fugitives to remain on the run even after they are arrested.

In one case highlighted by The Associated Press, 27-year-old Tara Rose was arrested in Nashville on a prostitution charge in 2009 and then released, despite being wanted in Sevier County for failing to report to her probation officer.

The National Crime Information Center is a computerized index of criminal justice information such as the names of offenders who are wanted by police.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the NCIC has no entry requirements and each law enforcement agency has a different policy on what information to enter into the database.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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