Strategic Plan Overview
The ability of the criminal justice community in North Dakota to fulfill its public safety responsibilities relies on the effective and efficient use of resources and timely access to current, complete, and accurate information by all parties. The state of North Dakota is defining the future direction for Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) and systems integration in support of the criminal justice community by embarking on a CJIS planning project that encompasses the entire criminal justice environment. This report, Implementation Plan, represents the last of four project deliverables and it assesses the current technology environment, develops an architecture for future development, and defines the plan for implementation.
In the fall of 2000, North Dakota applied for and received a grant from the National Governors' Association (NGA) to develop a CJIS plan. North Dakota saw this as an excellent opportunity to bring members of the justice community together to set a direction for coordinated efforts. At about the same time, North Dakota applied for technical assistance from The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics (SEARCH). A criminal justice advisory committee was established consisting of a broad cross-section of people from state, county, and local organizations to support that effort. The SEARCH assessment was used in the development of the CJIS plan.
In December 2000, a team traveled to an NGA workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop proved to be valuable for learning what other states are doing and provided ideas for creating a governance structure. The team continued meeting (with the additional staff) to provide direction and oversight to the planning process. The staffs of the Attorney General's Office, State Court Administrator's Office, and Highway Patrol developed the short-term initiatives and next steps included in the plan.
On February 22, 2001, the advisory committee met again to review the SEARCH technical assistance report and a draft of the plan. The feedback was used to further refine the plan before submission to NGA. The plan outlined five short-term projects and three initiatives as next steps to fullscale information sharing. These short-term projects recognized the fact that there currently exists a commitment to information sharing. The integration work under way is evidence of staff in individual agencies and branches that have taken initiative and shown leadership. Success demonstrated in the implementation of these projects will form a foundation for further planning efforts.
The three long-term projects outlined in the plan reflected the commitment to criminal justice integration well into the future. To do this, it is necessary to design and develop the technical infrastructure and data standards to facilitate information sharing on a wider scale. These projects were included in a request for grant funding from the NGA and Department of Justice and resulted in this project.