Criminal Justice Sharing Initiative

On this page is a description of the statewide criminal justice information sharing initiative (CJIS) and point of contact (POC) as identified by the State Administering Agency (SAA) Director.  We  recognize that there are also other key state POCs involved in information sharing that represent the various disciplines within criminal justice.  We have included POC information provided through the SAA and/or and represented on various organizations (such as NLETS, NASCIO, SEARCH and the NCSC.)  Recognizing that these agencies spend considerable time maintaining their membership lists up to date, we have provided links to access those membership lists directly from their respective websites below.

Please note:  At a future point, we would like to highlight local and tribal information sharing initiatives within states.   Please contact Tammy Woodhams at if you have a recommended change to the data provided for your state or would like to add information about your local initiative.

Criminal Justice Sharing Contact Information

Web Site:

Justice Information Sharing Organization:
The Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Governing Board

Director: Sean Thakkar, executive director, hired by the CJIS Governing Board. The executive director reports to the co-chairs of the CJIS Governing Board. Administrative support is provided by the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. This position was specified in Public Act 08–01, adopted in the January Special Session,2008.

About: Connecticut’s CJIS encompasses a number of initiatives and projects of the state’s criminal justice agencies relating to the standardization of data elements, the enhancement of criminal history records, and the integration of data sharing, and enhancement of agency capabilities for justice information management.  

Mission: The CJIS Governing Board mission is to provide information sharing services to the CJIS Community.

Created: When the CJIS Governing Board was initially established in 1999, it included both judicial and executive branch agencies associated with criminal justice responsibilities. With the adoption of ublic Act 08-01, the responsibilities of the CJIS Governing Board were expanded to include the implementation of a CJIS Information Sharing System. In addition, the membership of the CJIS Governing Board was expanded to include representatives from the legislative branch and local municipalities.

Governance Details: The Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Governing Board is comprised of members representing different criminal justice responsibilities and its composition and responsibilities were expanded with January Special Session, Public Act 08-01. Section 39 (b) created the Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board as an entity within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only to oversee criminal justice information systems.

Broadly, the CJIS Governing Board is concerned with justice information supportive of law enforcement and court functions involving apprehension, adjudication, incarceration, and supervision. Members of the CJIS Governing Board, establish direction and policy on justice information supportive of law enforcement and court functions involving apprehension, adjudication, incarceration, and supervision.

Specifically, the governing board is to develop plans, maintain policies and provide direction for the efficient operation and integration of criminal justice information systems, whether such systems service a single agency or multiple agencies. The governing board is also tasked with establishing standards and procedures for use by agencies to assure the interoperability of such systems, authorized access to such systems and the security of such systems.

Additional State Contacts:

Nlets members:

NASCIO state profiles:

SEARCH membership group:

National Center for State Courts - state court websites:

Court Technology Association: (member list not available to non-members)