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Law Enforcement

What is NCJRS?

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service brings together data, publications, news, and other information from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs. The site is searchable, or you can browse by topic. The site can be accessed at

NCJRS: The Basics

What am I searching? 

NCJRS,the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, maintains 3,500 Full Text Publications, more than 215,000 abstracts, related links, over 500 questions and answers from the NCJRS knowledge base, conferences, and Federal Justice Web pages including the agencies of the U.S. Department of JusticeOffice of Justice Programs, and National Institute of Corrections.


Using the search box towards the top of the page, you can perform a basic keyword search. 

Search Tips: phrase searching, using quotation marks (""), and truncation, using the asterisk (*), is supported.



Results will be sorted by content type. You can limit your results using the links on the right of the page.

Full-Text Article Tip: If an article is unavailable full-text through NCJRS, try searching the library's catalog. If we don't have it, contact a librarian and we'll be happy to help you to obtain it via interlibrary loan.


The Browse function in NCJRS allows users to browse for information sorted by topic: Law Enforcement, Crime, or Drugs, for example. 

Under Law Enforcement, you'll find information on Arrests, Counter-Terrorism, Equipment and Facilities, Investigations, Operations, Personnel, Profiling, and Use of Force.