What is CJIS?

Public safety and law enforcement agencies require access to a wealth of established data in effectively performing day-to-day operations. Whether a background check needs to be completed or a log of criminal activity needs to be accessed, the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) databases provide the information that is vital to professionals in the public safety sector. Due to the sensitive and private nature of this data, effective measures must be taken to protect this information and ensure it does not fall into the wrong hands.

CJIS: The Centralized Source of Criminal Justice Information

Law enforcement and public safety agencies provide analytics and statistics that allow the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) to monitor criminal activities both locally and internationally. As the largest division of the FBI, the CJIS is comprised of multiple departments, including:

–    The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

–    The National Crime Information Center (NCIC)

–    The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)

Since its establishment in 1992, it has grown to be a vital and centralized source of criminal justice information for public safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. With advancements in technology and the proliferation of cloud-based data storage capabilities, CJIS has grown to become readily accessible by professionals whether they’re in the office or out in the field. Unfortunately, cybersecurity threats are still prevalent and can compromise this private criminal and personal data, potentially putting officers and the public in danger.

Data Security Policies and CJIS Compliance

The information stored in CJIS databases is made accessible to authorized personnel in public safety and law enforcement around the nation. To keep unauthorized parties from gaining access to sensitive and private criminal data, the CJIS has standards and policies in place that must be followed by each agency and their staff.

Personnel Training to Maintain Compliance

Whether you are responsible for managing a department within your agency or the agency as a whole, your efforts in training personnel on CJIS policies and ensuring compliance are vital. Without maintaining compliance, you run the risk of losing access to CJIS, which can both cripple your agency and endanger the public. Investing in public safety and law enforcement software that can help you track your CJIS training will allow your agency to continue accessing this essential resource.

Public Safety Software Solutions

At MdE, Inc., we are dedicated to streamlining both the vital and the everyday processes of organizations within the public safety sector. With over 20 years of experience, we are the industry leader in public safety solutions by providing software that is specifically designed to simplify the processes that help keep public safety organizations running efficiently each day.

To learn more about MdE or to get your department started with our public safety training solutions, call MdE, Inc. today at 1.877.500.5396 or email us at MdE@MdE-Inc.com.

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