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Instructions for all field categories are listed here.)


GENERAL SEARCH INSTRUCTIONS

The 48 field categories in the search form can be searched either by themselves or in combination with other field categories. Gender is the only required field.  

Specific instructions for each field category can be viewed in a pop-up window by clicking
TIPS which appears to the right of each search field. (In some browsers the scrolling bar on the pop-up window will not function.  If this happens, click the Field Category Instructions at the top of this page to view all field category instructions on one page.) 

To see what is included in the two database search formats, how the Keyword categories work, how to print a record, what's on the Background Page and some search suggestions, click the relevant hyperlink below.  

Entries in any search field are not case sensitive.  Do not use quotation marks, parentheses or apostrophes.  Use phrases or words instead of full sentences.  The search does not support wild cards or "and" and "not" queries.  Simply limit the spelling of the word to as few letters as possible.  Verbatim entry examples are printed in bright blue The only field that does not abbreviate the names of states is the States From field.


                     
Full Database Search                                           Keyword Categories
                      Abbreviated Database Search                              How to Print a Database Record
                      Background Page                                                Search Suggestions
                       

     
FULL DATABASE SEARCH

Search the database for 48 field categories.  The results of a Full Database Search will be returned in the Full Database Table which displays a total of 52 field categories.  Five records appear on each page.  

This search is divided into four sections for clarity::

 
(1) Name, DOB & SS Number       (3) Document Data 
 (2) Descriptive Characteristics         (4) STRAIGHT SHOOTER Entry Data


Section 1 searches for Name, DOB, SS Number and Aliases.  These are the most common categories searched when a Searcher knows the subject's identity.  
 
Section 2 provides 15 categories that can describe a subject, including the range for age, weight and height, the hair and eye color, the Race, states and region from and three keyword categories: Physical Characteristics, Profession and Keywords.  This is the section that is most commonly used when a Searcher does not know the subject's real name, DOB and SS Number but does have a reasonably good description of the person.  Any information about the person that would distinguish them from others can be searched in the keyword categories, such as the type of jobs they usually seek, their physical impediments or body marks and even their favorite sayings or hobbies. This section also includes the General Crime Description , which is a generic description of the subject's criminal charges.

Section 3 searches the data on any warrants, criminal history, driver's license or ID and vehicles driven. 

Section 4 searches the date the subject was entered in the database, the Contributor's reason for entering the subject, the date of the event that prompted the database entry and other database subjects that are connected in any way with the subject.  

When the results of a Full Database Search are produced, the thumbnail photo of the subject, if available, will appear in the first field.  Clicking this thumbnail will link to the Background Page containing the larger photo, any narrative data regarding the crime or subject's background and the Contributor Contact Info. 

 If there is no photo, the word,
Details, will appear instead.  Click it to go to the Background Page.  If the phrase, No Photo or Details, appears, there is no Background Page and all information available on the subject will be contained in the Full Database Table.                               

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 ABBREVIATED DATABASE SEARCH

     
This search is identical to the Full Database Search described above except that the results are produced in the Abbreviated Database Table which displays 9 field categories instead of 52 and displays 20 records per page instead of  5. 

The purpose of this format is to allow a Searcher to scroll quickly through the records and view the thumbnail photos along with 8 other fields: 
STRAIGHT SHOOTER ID, First, Middle & Last Name, DOB, Warrant (Yes or No), States From, and Entry Purpose. 

How to View the Full Database Table from the Abbreviated Database Search

If you want to view the full 52-field record of a subject after viewing the nine fields in the Abbreviated Database Search, click back in your browser to return to the search form..  Enter the Subject's ID Number in the blue form and click Submit.  

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HOW THE KEYWORD CATEGORIES WORK

A keyword search will look for a string of exact letters.  If you exceed the string by inputting too many letters, it will not recognize the word.  Therefore, always input fewer letters than you think are necessary in order to produce all relevant words.  

For example, if you input
motorcycles (plural) and a Contributor had input motorcycle (singular), the record will not be returned because the word motorcycles does not fit inside the word motorcycle.  But if you input motorcycle (singular) and the Contributor input motorcycles (plural), the record will be returned because motorcycle is contained inside the word motorcycles.  

Therefore, it is always best to limit the word to as few letters as possible even if it means not spelling it out completely, i.e., if you wanted to input
alcoholic, it might be better to input alcohol since it is possible that the Contributor may have entered something like: Has alcohol addiction

                           
Do not search with "and," "or," "not," etc. as this query format is not supported.  You do not need to use wildcards.  Simply limit the word to as few letters as possible.  Limit the number of words used.  Don't use full sentences.   

The Keyword field categories are: Physical Characteristics, Profession and Keywords.  Below are examples for inputting data in each field category.

In Physical Characteristics, select an obvious physical trait that would distinguish a person from others.  If your subject has a speech impediment, input speech impediment. If no results, try just speech or talk - the words that a Contributor might use to describe the impediment.  If no results, describe the impediment one word at a time: Enter lisp or stutter or whatever would come the closest to describing the impediment.  

In
Profession, narrow the description as much as possible.  Instead of searching for carpet cleaner and installer, first search for carpet cleaner; then if unsuccessful, search for carpet installer.  If still unsuccessful, search simply for carpet since the Contributor may have input something like carpet layer

In
Keywords you can enter any specific information about the subject that might be known by someone else.  This could be hobbies, phobias, likes, dislikes, favorite sayings, past experiences, cities of origin. 

For example, if you wanted to enter the hobby of motorcycle racing, you would start by entering
motorcycle racing.  If no results are produced, you could try motorcycle or racingFor the hobby of video games, you could start with video games, then try video or even just games.  

If the search for "motorcycle" or "video games" doesn't produce results, then try another category that fits the subject., i.e.,
afraid to fly; former marine; loves Navaho jewelry, etc. Enter each one at a time.  If afraid to fly doesn't product results, try fly.  If former marine doesn't produce results, try marine.  If Navaho jewelry doesn't produce results, try Navaho, etc

Click
TIPS next to each field for more examples.

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BACKGROUND PAGE


The Background Page contains the subject's large photo or photos and the following additional details, if available: (1) The subject's aliases (2) A narrative regarding the subject's background or crime (3) The name of the person or agency the Contributor wants a Searcher to contact with information on the subject (4) The web site, if known, of the contact agency (5) The date the subject was entered in the database and (6) The amount of the reward offered, if any. 

   The
Background Page can be accessed from the Photo/Details field in the database table.  Click the thumbnail photo or, if there is no photo, click "Details."   

   The subject's full 52-field database record can also be accessed from the Background Page by clicking Go to Database for Details in the STRAIGHT SHOOTER Entry Date field.  Enter the subject's ID Number in the database form to produce the record. 
You can also access the full database record by clicking back to the search page you were on and entering the ID Number in the blue form. 
(THIS WILL NOT WORK IN THE NETSCAPE FORMAT SINCE HYPERLINKS ON THE BACKGROUND PAGE LINK TO THE PRIMARY SEARCH FORMAT ONLY.)  IN THE NETSCAPE SEARCH FORMAT, CLICK BACK IN YOUR BROWSER TO RETURN TO THE SEARCH FORM.  ENTER THE SUBJECT'S ID NUMBER IN THE BLUE FORM ON THAT PAGE.) 

   Some information contained on the Background Page, such as aliases, rewards, date of entry in the database and some of the narrative details will also appear in the Full Database Table.  To be sure all information available on a subject is reviewed in a search, both the Full Database Table and the Background Page should be examined.
                                 

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PRINTING A DATABASE RECORD

  
A full 52-field database record can be printed in an easy-to-read list format from the Print Record link on the search pages.                                            


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SEARCH SUGGESTIONS


The quickest way to begin a non-name search is to go to the Abbreviated Database Search and select sex, race, approximate age, height and weight of your subject.  If your subject is not returned, narrow the search by removing weight, then remove height and finally remove age. 

   If no records are returned when you enter the age, weight and height parameters, the subject may be in the database but this physical data is unavailable.  If this is the case, the subject's record will not be returned when you enter these criteria.   Therefore, omit these fields and expand your search to other parameters, such as states from, possible birth dates, physical characteristics, etc.  Although the majority of subjects in the database are entered with an age, height and weight, you don't want to miss your subject by limiting the search to these criteria.

     When searching for a name, always search the Alias Name fields, too, since these fields also include the known name entered for the subject in the database.

 
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