Who We Are
The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) is the state agency responsible for gathering and providing critical information for Alabama’s law enforcement and the criminal justice community. Leading the nation in the development of ground-breaking technology, ACJIC connects local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and also provides access to law enforcement in all 50 states and internationally via Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network.
Established in 1975 by the Alabama Legislature to collect, store, retrieve, analyze, and disseminate vital information relating to certain crimes, criminals, and criminal activity, ACJIC is the state’s criminal history repository agency. ACJIC also houses the Alabama Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), which collects Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and reports Alabama crime information statistics to the FBI.
ACJIC is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and operates under the guidance of the ACJIC Commission.
What we do
The powers and duties of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) are defined in Sections 41-9-590 through 41-9-649 of the Code of Alabama, 1975. These duties include:
- Collecting, storing, retrieving, analyzing, and disseminating criminal justice data on the behalf of the State of Alabama;
- Offering assistance and instruction to criminal justice agencies in establishing an efficient system for information management;
- Compiling and publishing annual statistics on the nature and extent of crime in Alabama to state officials and criminal justice agencies;
- Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist and provide criminal justice agencies with information which will aid them in crime fighting;
- Cooperating with other agencies of the state, the crime information agencies in other states and the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and national crime information center systems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Note: Prior to 1976, law enforcement agencies participated in the FBI's UCR program on a voluntary basis;
- Providing individuals with the mechanisms and procedures to view and challenge their criminal history records;
- Instituting measures to ensure for the privacy and security of the ACJIC system meeting both state and national standards for the interstate sharing of this information; and
- Employing sworn Alabama peace officers with "full and unlimited police power and jurisdiction to ensure the laws in this state pertaining to the operation and administration of the Alabama criminal justice information system, and the storage, use, and dissemination of the information processed" in its systems.
In accordance with state law, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center is governed by the ACJIC Commission, a supervisory board composed of a 13-member voting section and a 7-member advisory section. The Commission which is responsible for establishing the policies and rules governing the operation of the agency, includes voting member officials representing the: Alabama Attorney General; Alabama Sheriff's Association; Alabama District Court Judges Association; Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Chairman; Alabama Police Chiefs Association; Alabama Circuit Court Judges Association; Alabama Department of Public Safety Director; Alabama District Attorney's Association; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director; Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner; Alabama Circuit Clerks Association; Alabama Department of Finance ISD Director; and the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court;. Also represented on the Commission as an advisory members are the presiding officer of the Alabama Senate; the Alabama Association of County Commission's president; the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives; the Alabama League of Municipalities president; the director of the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts; and a citizen of the State of Alabama appointed by the Governor.
ACJIC Director and Administration
Responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the agency is vested in the ACJIC Director, who works under the supervision of the ACJIC Commission. Director Maury Mitchell has served as the director for ACJIC since December 2003, and is responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of ACJIC and the policies, programs and procedures established by its Commission. ACJIC currently is administered through the following divisions:
- The Executive Division, which includes the agency’s administration, fiscal, grant program administration, communications, marketing, and public information functions;
- The Field Operations Division, , which is responsible for ACJIC user agency training, data quality, record auditing, technical assistance, investigation of misuse, and general system user liaison. The division also oversees the use of the ACJICA Training Center;
- The Information Technology Division, which is responsible for the agency’s technical operations, technical audits, system analysis/design/programming, maintenance of computer and telecommunication network systems, and associated websites and website applications; and the
- The Crime Statistics and Information Division (CSI) , which is responsible for entering and matching case disposition data to arrest data in the state and federal Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system databases. The CSI Division also works with ACJIC user agencies on collecting and reporting incident-based crime data analyzed and disseminated through the Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), and produces analytical reports and ad-hoc reports related to Uniform Crime Reporting data requested by law enforcement, legislators, etc.