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The state agency tasked with the public service of providing criminal history information in Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). It maintains the criminal history database of the State Central Repository. Its main functions include storage and dissemination of all criminal records for Pennsylvania residents, official agencies and private individuals alike.
The most prominent feature of the PSP in providing the Pennsylvania public with criminal background information service is the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH). It is a web-based computer application online system in which both registered and non-registered users are given access to criminal records. Ordinary citizens (non-registered users) can only conduct name-based searches while law enforcers and other official agencies (registered users) may run fingerprint-based lookups.