The Crime Information Bureau (CIB) 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, and the Criminal Records and Identification Services Section (CRISS) which collects, stores and disseminates criminal records and fingerprint information, and addresses homeland security issues. CIB is also comprised of the Computer Internet Crimes Unit (CICU) and the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry (SVOR).

Contact:

Gary Seder, Bureau Chief
2225 11th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-1417
Phone: (406) 444-9759
[email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Computer Internet Crime Unit
The CICU conducts forensic examinations of computers that allegedly been used to commit crimes, submitted by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This unit investigates Internet Crimes against Children and Child Sex Trafficking through the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The unit also provides educational programs for schools and community awareness presentations to inform the public about Internet safety and security.

Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

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.