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Department of Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Information Services

What is the purpose of the program?

Criminal Justice Information Services is the state's criminal history information repository. It provides criminal identification screening to criminal justice agencies, non-criminal justice agencies, and private citizens to identify persons with criminal warrants, arrests, and convictions that impact employment, licensing, and eligibility to purchase a firearm, as well as a variety of criminal justice functions.

The program also provides criminal statistical information for use by policy makers and that is of interest to the public, including the compilation of Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and hate crime information collected from local law enforcement agencies. The program also helps ensure the quality of the data available on the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) system and aids in the development of policy for national sharing of criminal justice information with the FBI and other states. 

What services are provided?

The Criminal Justice Information Services program's services include:
  • Criminal History Information. This service is provided to criminal justice agencies, non-criminal justice agencies, and private citizens to obtain individual criminal history information. In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the program processed over 3.7 million criminal history record checks. The program processed over 3.8 million criminal history record checks in Fiscal Year 2017-18.
  • FALCON. Falcon is FDLE's system for identifying criminal suspects and reporting data. Through a web portal, authorized users can biometrically identify a criminal subject with fingerprints FDLE will identify Florida arrest fingerprints, then notify the authorized submitting organization if there is a match.
  • Florida Statistical Analysis Center (FSAC). FDLE analyzes criminal justice data and prepares reports for a wide range of users, including policymakers, planners, academicians, media, students, and others interested in researching crime in Florida. The center also collects, analyzes, and disseminates the Uniform Crime Report data received from local law enforcement agencies about the volume, rates, and trends of reported criminal incidents and arrests in Florida's 67 counties.
  • Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse. FDLE provides a clearinghouse of information on missing endangered persons to assist law enforcement and the public in recovering missing children and adults. The clearinghouse incorporates AMBER Alerts for abducted children, Missing Child Alerts for missing children, and Silver Alerts for missing persons who have irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties. During Fiscal Year 2018-19, there were 26,168 missing person intelligence checks conducted. During Fiscal Year 2017-18, the clearinghouse provided information on 4,362 missing persons cases, including 10 AMBER Alerts, 71 Missing Child Alerts, and 268 Silver Alerts activated.
  • Sexual Offender and Predator Tracking and Information. FDLE collects and maintains information on Florida's registered sexual offenders and predators.  This information is made available to citizens to help them educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities. In Fiscal Year 2018-19, 815 registered sexual predator/offender case reviews were completed. For Fiscal Year 2017-18, 3,093 registered sex offenders were added to the system for a total of 73,508 registered sex offenders identified to the public.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION PROGRAM
INFORMATION NETWORK SERVICES TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY
30,407,995
121.00
PREVENTION AND CRIME INFORMATION SERVICES
49,612,612
320.00
TOTAL
80,020,607
441.00

Updates

Uniform Criminal Justice Data Collection. The 2018 Legislature enacted Ch. 128-127, Laws of Florida, with the intent of creating a model of uniform data collection by requiring local and state criminal justice agencies to report complete, accurate, and timely data, and making such data available to the public to promote criminal justice data transparency. Specifically, the law requires the clerks of court, state attorneys, public defenders, county detention facility administrators, and the Department of Corrections to collect specified data on a biweekly basis and report it to the FDLE on a monthly basis. FDLE is required to publish the data collected on their website and make it searchable and accessible to the public by January 1, 2020.

The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-167, Laws of Florida, which amended this law to define new data elements and revise existing ones, and require certain state agencies or local entities to collect and report these elements in an effort to help ensure accurate and comprehensive collection. The law also required the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council to develop specifications for a uniform arrest affidavit, uniform charge and disposition statue crosswalk table, and a uniform criminal disposition and sentencing statute crosswalk table. Through the Criminal Justice Transparency (CJDT) initiative, the department dataset currently contains information related to arrests connected to physical bookings, prosecution actions, and court dispositions covering all 67 counties in Florida.

Automatic Sealing of Criminal History Records. The 2019 Legislature also enacted Ch. 2019-167, Laws of Florida, which, among other provisions, reorganized sealing and expunction statutes for clarity and created an automatic sealing process for certain criminal history records. This process requires FDLE to automatically seal a criminal history record when charges were not filed or dismissed (unless the dismissal was due to incompetency to proceed) or the defendant was acquitted, by either a verdict of not guilty or an acquittal. This process does not apply to forcible felonies such as murder and sexual battery. The sealing is not contingent on a person's prior criminal history and there is no limit to the number of sealings a person can receive.

 

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.


Websites of Interest
FBI National Crime Information Center
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website

Performance 


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 943.05, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Ron Draa, Director of External Affairs, 850-410-7020

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