On June 25th and 26th, the Council brought 27 members to visit the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The FBI’s CJIS is a high-tech hub that provides a range of state of-the-art tools, technologies, and services to law enforcement, national security, and intelligence community partners around the world. The CJIS Division is the largest division of the FBI and serves as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services.
Our two-day visit included:
- Briefings and discussions on legacy programs and systems, including the Uniform Crime Reporting, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), National Data Exchange System (N-DEx), and the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP)
- An overview of the FBI shared management governance process – the Advisory Policy Board and National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact, and an overview of the CJIS Security Policy
- Tour of the Data Center
- Briefings and discussion on the Next Generation Identification Program
- Demonstrations on Fingerprint Image Comparison, Facial Recognition, Iris Pilot, and Mobile Biometrics
We cannot thank the entire FBI team in Clarksburg enough for their willingness to expose their top officials to our attendees, answer our questions, and even join us for a special dinner the Monday night of the Tour. Our thanks also go out to Stephen Morris, now with IBM, who is the immediate past Assistant Director of CJIS, who helped arrange all of the high-level briefings and demonstrations.