Criminal Justice Information Services Division Law and Legal Definition

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) is a component of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The CJIS’s mission is to equip the U.S. law enforcement, national security, and intelligence community partners with the criminal justice information they need to protect the U.S. while preserving civil liberties. It is the largest division in the FBI.

The CJIS was established in February 1992 to serve as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services in the FBI. The CJIS is a computerized criminal justice information system. The CJIS is centralised in Washington D.C., and is maintained by Department of Justice (DOJ) in each state.

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), and Fingerprint Identification were the programs that were initially included under the CJIS. In addition, responsibility for several ongoing technological initiatives was transferred to the CJIS Division, including the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), NCIC 2000, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

The CJIS can be accessed by authorized local, state, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through any of the three law enforcement communication systems: National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), a more localised state criminal information system (name varies by state), and the International Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (INLETS).