Data

The Montana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was formed in 1991. It serves as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) point of contact for crime reporting in the state. Local law enforcement agencies submit electronic, incident-based data (National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)/Montana Incident-Based Reporting System (MTIBRS) to the Montana SAC. The Montana SAC has been accepting incident-based data since 1999, and in 2005 became certified to submit incident-based NIBRS data to the FBI.

The Montana SAC collects other datasets than NIBRS/MTIBRS. We collect data from Montana VAWA/VOCA (Violence Against Women Act/Victims Of Crime Act) subgrantees, from the Montana Supreme Court (for juvenile justice issues) and from the local juvenile detention facilities (for juvenile detention reform oversight). MBCC is responsible for developing and maintaining the following data base information systems:

• Montana/National Incident-Based Crime Reporting System (MTIBRS/NIBRS);
• Law Enforcement Employee Personnel;
• MTIBRS Quality Assurance Reviews (QAR);
• Juvenile Detention Data Reporting System (JDDRS);
• Juvenile Offenses Statistical Data (CAPS & JCATS);
• Grant Management Information System (GMIS);
• Grant Web-Based Information System (GWIS); and
• Automated Victims' Information Database (AVID).

In addition, the Montana SAC funds research and publications on criminal justice issues that affect the state. We have in the past worked with state agencies in Montana, with the Supreme Court, with local law enforcement agencies and detention facilities, and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Region V office.

The SAC is affiliated with and receives professional support from the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization that promotes collaboration and exchange of information among state SACs, and acts as a liaison between state agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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