Technology Assistance Efforts

The IJIS Institute offers technology assistance (TA) to state and local jurisdictions to assist with the planning and implementation of information sharing projects in the justice, public safety, and homeland security domains. We leverage the expertise and experience of private sector information technology firms and provide objective and cost-effective technology recommendations and solutions to decision makers and project stakeholders.

The following library contains the states in which abstracts from the TA reports produced as a result of the many IJIS Institute TA engagements. 

The TA Team performed a site visit during the week of August 20, 2012. A series of meetings with key managers, operational, technical staff, and stakeholder representatives occurred during this time. These activities were necessary to complete the scope of work as outlined in the LOA.

The IJIS Institute provided qualified experts selected from its staff and industry membership for this engagement. These consultants represented IJIS Institute member companies that possess the required experience and expertise in law enforcement, justice, public safety, victim information and notification systems, relevant technologies and product sets, and the applicable information sharing standards and capabilities.

The end result of the engagement is this TA Report (inclusive of the findings and recommendations) that will help prepare ACJIC for moving forward. More specifically, the engagement provided a high-level review of ACJIC’s current CAN/VNS architecture and capability in preparation for enhancement of the current technology capabilities to meet the future operational expectations. 

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As part of the TA engagement, the IJIS Institute performed a three-day site visit in Anchorage, Alaska. The site visit consisted of a series of meetings with various MAJIC representatives. Specific topics that were discussed during the meetings included the goals and objectives of
IEPDs, the development of a domain model for criminal charge filing and disposition exchanges, GJXDM Mappings, and the development of GJXDM schemas (Subset Schema, Constraint Schema, and Extension Schema).

The IJIS Institute TA Team used a “hands-on tutorial” approach during the site visit to assist MAJIC in defining the various activities and deliverables required to develop reusable IEPDs
and to identify the best practices and appropriate methodology for building XML schemas compliant with the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). The scope of this TA was not to build a complete IEPD, but to review the prerequisites, staffing requirements, best practices, and methodologies required to complete comprehensive IEPDs.

In addition, the IJIS Institute TA Team and MAJIC also developed a preliminary Charge Tracking IEPD that conformed to guidelines published by the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF). The preliminary IEPD represents only a partial set of information required for the charge tracking exchange and is meant to provide MAJIC with a starting point.

At the end of the tutorial session, feedback was solicited and next steps were discussed. One of the major feedback items provided by MAJIC was the need to encapsulate the tutorial process conducted during the workshop into a “primer document.” The primer document could be used as a guide for the MAJIC team to finish the Charge Tracking exchange and their other


The consultants provided an assessment of the COMPIS System’s Ability to serve as a Regional Record Management System. In order to accomplish the goal of establishing COMPIS as a regional record management system there are two primary issues that had to be addressed. The first was to ascertain if COMPIS could stand-alone. The second critical issue was to ascertain if COMPIS could serve as a multi jurisdictional system.


As part of the TA project, the IJIS Institute performed a site visit in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 1-3, 2005. As part of the TA project, the IJIS Institute created a TA report that presents the observations and recommendations that were provided to ACJC representatives during the site visit. Specific topics that were discussed during the site visit included:

  • Defining the project scope
  • Identifying a project methodology
  • Meet GJXDM requirements
  • XML schema and subset design
  • Best practices to maintain and manage the XML version of the
  • Arizona Revised Statutes codes
  • Sharing the XML version of the ARS codes nationally

As part of the Technology Assistance project, the IJIS Institute completed a document review
and a three-day site visit in Faulkner County. It was quickly noticed that although the project is
currently experiencing operational challenges resulting in a decreased efficiency, it can be
concluded that the pilot project is a technical success. Information is currently being shared
among the participating agencies.

The Phase II project leverages the momentum from Phase I by implementing the pilot
capabilities in California and Nevada; it demonstrates the feasibility of automated PMP
exchanges based on the GJXDM standard.

Leading technology professionals from the IJIS Institute membership are providing expertise to
the pilot exchange partners in California and Nevada. The experience gained from the pilot
project is producing a series of reusable artifacts and lessons learned to expedite the
implementation of exchanges between other state PMP systems in the future.
In a prior engagement, the IJIS Institute provided consulting services to the California and
Nevada PMPs to develop a GJXDM Domain Model and Mapping for the interstate exchange of
PMP information.

The current engagement provides additional services to develop high-level architectures
describing current “as-is” and future “to-be” states of the California PMP system. These
architectures would be utilized to perform a gap analysis and create rough-order-of-magnitude
estimates of the labor and cost required to develop the various desired components.
This critical step informs decision makers in both California and Nevada what elements are
required in order to stand up a PMIX capability. It also provides the IJIS Phase II project
manager and PMP Committee with a stronger understanding of the required effort and cost.

Assistance for a CAD/RMS integration initiative. 

Assistance for preparing for enhancement of the current technology capabilities to meet future operational expectations. 

Assistance for the development of an integration strategy for the Interoperability Program. 

Information technology visioning session. 

The Judiciary of Guam requested the TA to assess and provide recommendations to improve the functionality of Guam’s Virtual Computerized Criminal History System (VCCH). With the overall goal of becoming Interstate Identification Index (III or Triple I) complaint, Guam is seeking to build its existing operating system in order to improve the quality, timeliness, and accuracy of criminal history records. The Judiciary of Guam, alongside local law enforcement agencies, has worked diligently to develop an automated infrastructure that will improve the timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and accessibility of their criminal justice information systems. 

Assistance for the development of an integration strategy for juvenile justice information systems.

Review of technology infrastructure/systems, identified exchanges, and strategic plan and assist in the development of a framework for information sharing and an integration plan. 

Assessment of current technology environment and enhancing data sharing.

Assess improvements to the IT operations of the court as a whole and make it more efficient and productive. 

Assistance for the development of a CAD-to-CAD information sharing environment. 

Meth Precursor Tracking Interstate Exchange IEPD. 

Assistance to enable research examining combined prescription monitoring program histories from multiple states. 

Assistance in determining the best contact management tool for their center, as well as assistance on developing a strategy to incorporate social media tools into their business processes. 

Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Information and Intelligence Center review and assessment. 

Assistance for the development of an integration strategy for the Orders of Protection process.

Assist Mecklenburg County by performing a high-level review of various criminal justice agency information technology systems and related IT business processes. The end result will be the foundation for a CJIS strategic plan. 

Technology assistance to help prepare the North Dakota CJIS/SAVIN Program for moving forward with its strategic planning process. 

Assistance in developing IT strategic plan that includes help to identify solutions for dual factor authentication web portal, threat/warning monitoring and notification, and to develop the basis for use of predictive analytics. 

Technology assistance to address issues regarding current and future plans for a statewide automated victim notification system.

Technology assistance to provide a high-level review of the ACPD current IT system architecture and capability in preparation for enhancement of the current technology capabilities to meet the future operational expectations. 

Develop plans for the implementation of information sharing across Pueblo agencies; and, provide training that promotes information sharing and provides applicable technology understand for the adoption of new IT applications. 

Domain Model and Mapping for the interstate exchange of prescription drug monitoring data. 

Assistance to assess the current technological environment and offer recommendations for feasible approaches to enhancing information sharing and data exchange utilizing NIEM. 

Review the current CAD systems’ architecture and capability in preparation for enhancement of the current technology capabilities to meet the future operational expectations. 

Review the current state of integration and provide recommendations on their integrated justice enterprise vision. 

Requests assistance in refining the vision and operational capacity of the SD Connect project, defining the best platform for operational use by local law enforcement, assisting with the Request for Proposal Process in which to pick the best solution available in the software development, and in the creation of a project plan and detailed schedule of activities. 

Assistance for the development of Web services to participate in the National Sex Offender Public Registry. 

Assistance to discuss how Vermont can use XML for information sharing. 

Records improvement project review and assessment. 

The Milwaukee Police Department has expanded their existing technology framework to accept, integrate, clean, and enable visualizations as well as reporting information from new data sources. As part of this expansion, Milwaukee users developed a user interface dashboard and federated search capability from a suite of currently disparate databases that are used to analyze, investigate, and prevent gun crime. The IJIS Institute will provide TA services to the Milwaukee PD and its project partners to determine how they may maximize the benefits of the program by the use of Global standards and information sharing best practices. 

Given the Client’s request above, the professional services provided to the County of San Luis
Obispo by the IJIS Institute included the following:
• an evaluation of current technologies and recommended technology improvements
for each agency; and,
• educate San Luis Obispo County Justice Agencies on technologies used to share
information across diverse technology platforms.