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CriMNet is a state-level program that works with Minnesota state and local agencies to make accurate and comprehensive criminal justice information available to criminal justice professionals in law enforcement, the courts and corrections. It is part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the staff works closely with agencies to define their primary information and technology needs, offer solutions, and set priorities for devoting state resources to achieve specific solutions. CriMNet also works with agencies on the federal level to track information sharing activities in other states.

In some cases the solution may simply involve changing a common business practice, while in other cases the solution requires collecting new data or implementing a secure technology that allows information to move among agencies electronically. And as agencies change or upgrade their systems, they seek leadership and financial support at the state level to aid those choices.

CriMNet is not a single database or technology solution. It exists to coordinate information sharing from a statewide and potentially nationwide viewpoint – known as the “enterprise” view – so that systems can work together. This requires the development of statewide standards for data, technology and business practices and methods for agencies to access and understand those standards – support which CriMNet provides. The more agencies can work together and in a similar manner, the easier it is to share criminal justice information.

Each agency is a key partner in sharing criminal justice information. Agencies provide their own technology and manage their own data and business processes. CriMNet provides a framework of business and technology standards and other guidelines for agencies to use in designing their systems. This helps to assure that when agencies are sharing information, it is accurate, complete, and shared with common understanding. CriMNet also exists to encourage agencies to work together and share solutions in an effort to conserve scarce resources.

More than 1,100 criminal justice agencies in Minnesota – representing corrections, courts, law enforcement, probation officers, prosecutors, public defenders, and more – will benefit from these integration efforts. The focus of the CriMNet Program is to help agencies integrate, not by helping agencies procure the same hardware and software, but by creating a framework of business and technology standards for sharing information, and by encouraging the development of systems and technology to meet enterprise-wide needs.

The CriMNet Program is committed to the following principles: respecting each agency’s autonomy; communicating honestly, openly, accurately, and in a timely manner; focusing on cost-effective information sharing; adhering to data practices laws and guidelines while protecting the rights of individuals; and balancing business and technical perspectives.

CriMNet is a united effort between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. It is governed by the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Policy Group and Task Force, under the authority of Minnesota Statute 299C.65.

Primary Goals

  • To accurately identify individuals.
  • To make sure that criminal justice records are complete, accurate, and readily available.
  • To ensure the availability of an individual's current status in the criminal justice system.
  • To provide standards for data sharing and analysis.
  • To maintain the security of information.
  • To accomplish our tasks in an efficient and effective manner.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is committed to protecting Minnesotans by providing high quality services to the criminal justice community. This is accomplished through timely, personal service in partnership with law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1927 and was placed under the Office of the Attorney General. The BCA was established to assist peace officers throughout the state in solving local crimes and apprehending criminals. The division of statistics, forerunner of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Section (CJIS), was added in 1935, as were additional personnel and full police power for the Bureau's agents. The addition of personnel made the establishment of field offices throughout Minnesota possible. In 1947, the BCA laboratory became operational, making chemical analysis and microscopic study of evidence possible. In 1969, the BCA, along with several other state agencies, became a member of the newly created Department of Public Safety.

In 2003, the Bureau moved into a new building at 1430 Maryland Avenue East in St. Paul. The Bemidji Regional Office and forensic science laboratory had already moved into its new facility at 3700 North Norris Court NW in 2002. Today, the Minnesota BCA employs over 300 people, has 10 field offices around the state, and its forensic lab has an international reputation as one of the finest in the country.

Courtview Justice Solutions has been a provider of application products and services for the North American Criminal Justice market since 1991. Currently with over 3,000 users of our software across the country, we are the industry leader in providing robust and secure mission critical solutions to Criminal Justice agencies.

In 1996, Constellation Justice Systems became a division of Constellation Software, Inc. Founded in 1995, Constellation Software, Inc. is a multidivisional company operating in the vertical market software industry. The company's objective is to be one of the leading suppliers of industry specific software solutions to a select group of vertical markets.

Constellation's growth is based on a simple strategy: identify promising vertical market software firms; acquire them; and then integrate them into the Constellation family while building on their fundamental strengths to help them become world class organizations.

Tiburon, Inc. is the vendor selected by NEMESIS to provide a state-of-the-art, regional, 911 computer aided dispatch solution.

Tiburon, Inc. provides fully integrated command and control, information management and analysis solutions to public safety and justice organizations.

Established in 1980, Tiburon, Inc. is the industry-leading provider of automated solutions to meet the demanding and complex needs of law enforcement, fire & rescue, corrections, and justice agencies.

Arrowhead Regional Corrections provides correctional services to five counties of Northeastern Minnesota’s "Arrowhead" region. ARC was formed under the auspices of the Minnesota Community Corrections Act and a joint powers agreement between the participating counties of Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.

Arrowhead Regional Corrections is administered by an Executive Board under a joint powers agreement between the counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake, Koochiching and St. Louis. The ARC Executive Board is made up of eight County Commissioners from the five participating counties. St. Louis County appoints three members, with the remaining counties selecting one member each. Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, and Lake counties have an additional member that rotates between counties, every year.

SIZE AND GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

The five ARC counties of Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis are located in northeastern Minnesota’s "Arrowhead Region."

Together the five counties encompass 13,738 square miles, which is 17% of the state’s total area of 79,617 square miles.

CRIME RATES

In the ARC counties during 2002, 23% of arrests were of juveniles, while 77% of arrests were of adults. This is identical to rates for juveniles and adults statewide.

The major offense categories of ARC’s probation clients include DWI offenses (32% of total), assaults (10%), drug offenses (10%), traffic offenses other than DWI (7%), and juvenile status offenses and disturbing the peace (5% each).

The major offense categories of clients of the Arrowhead Juvenile Center include violation of probation/warrant, assault, vehicle theft, and burglary.

The major offense categories of clients of the Northeast Regional Corrections Center include violation of probation, DWI and other alcohol-related offenses, assault, drug offenses, burglary, and criminal sexual offenses.

ORGANIZATIONAL GOVERNANCE

In addition to the Executive Board, ARC also has an Advisory Board made up of eight citizens, two judges, a county attorney, a public defender, a sheriff, an educator, a social service director and a minority representative. The Advisory Board meets bimonthly or more frequently when needed to discuss issues related to correctional services and make recommendations to the Executive Board. The Advisory Board is required by statute under the Community Corrections Act.

In July 2005, the Minnesota Judicial Branch completed its transition from a largely county funded and focused confederation of trial courts to a unified, co-equal branch of state government operating under a single umbrella of state funding. In support of this change, the Minnesota Judicial Branch instituted a new governance structure with the creation of a Judicial Council comprised of judges and administrators from all levels of court and chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. These changes present a tremendous opportunity for the judicial branch to more equitably, efficiently, and effectively serve the citizens of Minnesota.

As one of its first tasks, the Judicial Council developed a new strategic plan for the judicial branch which sets a clear direction over the next three years for the operation of the unified court system. This strategic plan sets forth three long-term, enduring goals for the court system: (1) Access to Justice; (2) Administering Justice for Effective Results; and (3) Public Trust, Accountability and Impartiality. These goals are fundamental building blocks for the operation of the courts and anchor all other parts of the strategic plan.

The Sixth Judicial District serves Minnesota's Arrowhead Region in Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties. The District Bench includes 16 District Court Judges and 1 Judicial Officer who are chambered throughout the District. Shaun R. Floerke serves as Chief Judge of the District, and is a member of the Judicial Council, which oversees the administration of justice in the state.

Together the judges and court administration staff work to provide just and timely resolution of more than 59,000 case filings each year.

Each county seat in the district has a courthouse; St Louis County has two additional courthouses in Hibbing and Virginia. There is a court administration office for each location and a court administrator responsible for the day to day operation of that system.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting citizens and communities through activities that promote and support prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, education, and enforcement. These objectives are achieved through a focus on saving lives, providing efficient and effective services, maintaining public trust, and developing strong partnerships.

The divisions and offices of the Department of Public Safety include:

  • Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Commissioner's Office
  • Driver and Vehicle Services
  • Emergency Communication Networks
  • Fiscal and Administrative Services
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Human Resources
  • MN.IT Services @ DPS
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Justice Programs
  • Office of Pipeline Safety
  • Office of Traffic Safety
  • State Fire Marshal
  • State Patrol