To allow the various agencies within the justice system to share information, the Department of Justice is undertaking an innovative information technology project called the IJIS Broker. While our courts, jails and prisons, local police and sheriffs’ offices, state and federal law enforcement agencies and Motor Vehicle Division all keep records, the various systems cannot “talk” to one another. Because the information is stored in many different formats and on technology platforms that are incompatible, it is difficult or impossible to share information with others in the system.
The IJIS Broker is vital to public safety because it creates the exchanges that allow a wide range of agencies to share real-time information quickly, securely and accurately. As more exchanges are established, more information is available. Since the project began in 2005, considerable progress has been made.
Information exchanges underway:
The new repository will provide law enforcement – including officers making traffic stops – immediate access to its photos.
The next phases of the IJIS Broker Project include:
The department has used or adopted a number of technical publications, standards and tools in developing Montana’s IJIS Broker. The following links provide more detailed information about these technical aspects:
The department has pursued a number of grants to fund the IJIS Broker project and the various exchanges. A 2005 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) grant of $269,000 was dedicated to creating the IJIS Broker and providing training. In addition, portions of a number of other federal grants are being used to build the various exchanges or provide equipment.