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Crime Information Bureau

The Crime Information Bureau provides operational support to the state Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN), serves as the state link to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, collects, stores and disseminates criminal records and fingerprint information, and addresses homeland security issues.

Contact:

Butch Huseby, Bureau Chief
Phone: (406) 444-3625

Criminal Justice Information Network Services Section
The Criminal Justice Information Network Services Section manages Montana’s Criminal Justice Information Network by:

  • authorizing agency and user access
  • developing system advancements
  • providing web-based and instructor-led training and certification programs for over 3,000 users

This section also protects the accuracy and timeliness of the information provided by the network and, on a three-year cycle, performs compliance audits of all system users to ensure that they meet all of the security and policy requirements for obtaining and using the information. CJIN Services Section staff write and update the CJIN Users Guide, the Mobile Users Guide to CJIN, online CJIN help files, and training broadcasts.

Contact:

Jennifer Viets, Program Manager
Department of Justice
2225 11th Ave.
Helena, MT 59620-1406
Phone: (406) 444-2483
E-mail: jviets@mt.gov

Criminal Records and Identification Services Section
The Criminal Records and Identification Services Section collects and stores criminal history information, provides fingerprint identification, and disseminates the information to law enforcement agencies and others lawfully entitled to receive it. Criminal records are used in a number of critical areas: issuing weapons permits; determining criminal sentences; completing background checks for public employment, licensing and volunteer purposes; making recommendations for parole and probation; and assisting prosecutors in criminal cases.

The section also manages the state Automated Biometric Identification System, which checks fingerprints from crime scenes and suspects against a database containing millions of prints.

Contact:

Jason Bright, Business Operations Supervisor
Department of Justice
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1403
Phone: (406) 444-3481
Email: JBright@mt.gov

Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act is designed to protect the public from sexual and violent offenders by requiring offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction where they reside. Information about these offenders is then made available to the public. This Registry provides an up-to-date listing of sexual and violent offenders who are required to register their whereabouts.

Computer Crime Section
The Computer Crime Section trains law enforcement officers statewide in the area of computer crime. The unit also develops programs for schools and parents’ organizations to acquaint them with the safety rules of using the Internet and computers.

Types of computer crimes:

  • Hacking – using a computer system to obtain illegal access to computer systems owned by private corporations or government agencies.
  • Robbery, burglary, theft of computers or their components.
  • Financial crimes – identity theft, fraud, forgery, theft of funds committed by electronic means.
  • Exploitation of children – child pornography and sexual predators.
  • Drug crimes – customer records, formulas for drug manufacture, financial records.
  • Counterfeiting – use of computers and laser printers to print checks, money orders, negotiable securities, store coupons.
  • Telecommunications crime – unauthorized access to telephone systems, cloning cellular telephones, intercepting or creating false communications.
  • Homicide – evidence retrieved from victim’s or suspect’s computer.