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Communicating Cold Hits

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Communicating Cold Hits

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

The FBI has a 30-day notification requirement on hits. Both the offender sample and casework laboratories are encouraged to prioritize hit notifications, as these indicate a person who may commit a crime.

Delays in reporting hits can put a laboratory in the untenable position of being the only organization to hold important case information. Hit information could mean the release of an innocent person from jail, the apprehension of a criminal or the prevention of future crimes.

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