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

Justice Information Sharing Organization: The Vermont Justice Information Sharing Program

Director: Francis (Paco) X. Aumand III, division director, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Vermont Department of Public Safety (hired)

About: This program is overseen by a group of interested Vermont criminal justice agencies. However, as the current capabilities of these agencies are all related to law enforcement, the governance of the justice information sharing program is done through the Vermont Incident Based Reporting System (VIBRS) Advisory Policy Board. The VJISS program looks to identify information that needs to be exchanged throughout the criminal justice system and to identify those justice professionals that need to receive information. The technology that is being used to facilitate information sharing is a broker using the global reference architecture standards. The first phase of this project is to connect through a federated query the two different police record management systems and to also push this incident information into a crime and analysis mapping program. Vermont also is a member of the open justice broker consortium (OJBC). The members of this consortium use the same open source and open standards technology and exchange with each other the system functionality each member develops.

Mission: The mission of this program is to identify the criminal justice information that justice professional want to receive and to develop an electronic system that will allow this information to be queried, pushed, pulled and subscribed to in a manner that meets the needs of the justice professional.

Created: the Vermont Justice Information Sharing Program has not been created by law or executive order.

Governance Details:
The Vermont Justice Information Sharing System (VJISS) is currently governed by the Vermont Incident Based Reporting System (VIBRS) Advisory Policy Board. The VIBRS APB oversees the electronic system and establishes policies relative to the collection, use and dissemination of this information. However, there is a loosely connected group of representatives from the Department of Information and Innovation (the state’s information technology department), the Department of Public Safety, the Department of States Attorneys and Sheriffs, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Corrections, the Court Administrator’s Office, and the Office of the Defender General that make up the executive decision makers that advise on the specific information that should be exchanged and that give approval for all technology projects. This group is viewed as the executive steering committee. This executive group make up the stakeholders of the justice information program. Currently, the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice Services, oversees the development of the electronic system that is known as VJISS, works closely with the VIBRS APB on system implementation issues and relies on the executive steering committee for funding decisions and project implementation approvals.

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)