Natasha Marrero

“Interestingly enough, the car bandit in the film was played by none other than Garris’ son Garrett.”

Natasha Marrero, B.A., Foreign Language and Lit.
Lead Researcher
North Carolina Police Information Network (1975)

16mm film (orig.)
color, sound
8:07 minutes (excerpts)

Officially established July 1969, the North Carolina Police Information Network (PIN) provided rapid, accurate and effective communication on crimes and criminals among all law enforcement agencies across the state. The result of legislation proposed by former governor Bob Scott in response to the state’s rapid increase in crime, PIN sought to resolve the lack of timely and accurate criminal information through the use of modern computer technology that would run 24 hours a day. With PIN came the establishment of annual Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) in 1973, to provide accurate statistical crime data in the state.

The second statewide computerized PIN system in the nation, it succeeded in connecting all branches of law enforcement across the state of North Carolina, in order to aid the rapid capture of criminals or stolen items. As demonstrated in this excerpt, a stolen car reported in Hendersonville can be entered into the PIN system within seconds, to be displayed on all terminals across the state. Because all alerted on-duty officers were provided with exact descriptions of the car in this fictionalized account, the bandit was successfully apprehended in Asheville. Interestingly enough, the car bandit in the film was played by none other than Garris’ son, Garrett.

In 1985, the North Carolina PIN would become part of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), to exist as the larger, Division of Criminal Information (DCI). Pictured in the beginning of the film, and said to have been invaluable during the implementation of the system in 1969, then Attorney General Robert Burren Morgan would later become head of the North Carolina SBI and DCI.

Produced for North Carolina’s Department of Justice in 1975, the film no doubt would have been presented during the training and orientation programs established for terminal operators and executive personnel that were held in Raleigh.

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Related documentation:
State of North Carolina Uniform Crime Report. “Crime in North Carolina 1973.” North Carolina Department of Justice. December, 1973. Credit: Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

H. H. Honeycutt, State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Central Prison. Biennial report of the State’s Prison, page 86 (1925). Credit: Courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Governor Bob Scott. Credit: Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries.