Investigative Support Bureau

The Investigative Support Bureau provides operational support to the state Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN); serves as the state link to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System; collects, stores and disseminates criminal records and fingerprint information; operates the Montana All Threat Intelligence Center (MATIC); and addresses homeland security issues.

Contact

Joe Wodnik, Bureau Chief
Phone: (406) 444-3874

Criminal Justice Information Network Services Section

The Criminal Justice Information Network Services Section manages Montana’s Criminal Justice Information Network by:

  • authorizing agency and user access
  • developing system advancements
  • providing web-based and instructor-led training and certification programs for over 3,000 users

This section also protects the accuracy and timeliness of the information provided by the network and, on a three-year cycle, performs compliance audits of all system users to ensure that they meet all of the security and policy requirements for obtaining and using the information. CJIN Services Section staff write and update the CJIN Users Guide, the Mobile Users Guide to CJIN, online CJIN help files, and training broadcasts.

Contact

Jennifer Viets, Program Manager
Department of Justice
Scott Hart Building, 4th Floor
302 North Roberts
P.O. Box 201406
Helena, MT 59620-1406
Phone: (406) 444-2483
E-mail: jviets@mt.gov

Criminal Records and Identification Services Section

The Criminal Records and Identification Services Section collects and stores criminal history information, provides fingerprint identification, and disseminates the information to law enforcement agencies and others lawfully entitled to receive it. Criminal records are used in a number of critical areas: issuing weapons permits; determining criminal sentences; completing background checks for public employment; making recommendations for parole and probation; and assisting prosecutors in criminal cases.

The section also manages the state Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which checks fingerprints from crime scenes and suspects against a database containing millions of prints.

Contact

Mike Richetti, Business Operations Supervisor
Department of Justice
Scott Hart Building, 4th Floor
2225 11th Avenue,
P.O. Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1403
Phone: (406) 444-3481
MRichetti@mt.gov

Montana All Threat Intelligence Center (MATIC)

The Montana All Threat Intelligence Center’s (MATIC) mission is to collect, store, analyze and disseminate information on crimes that have occurred or are suspected to law enforcement, community and government officials.

The Center is multi-agency entity that involves the Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Corrections, Department of Military Affairs, and the Rocky Mountain Information Network. MATIC has been designated by the Governor’s Office as the state’s fusion center.

MATIC is composed of two separate programs: the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Critical Infrastructure Protection program. Each program contributes to Montana’s safety by providing critical public safety information to first responders, law enforcement leaders and government officials.

In compliance with Montana law, the Attorney General established an advisory board for MATIC in 2003. The board oversees the Center, ensuring that MATIC adopts, implements and complies with policy regarding safeguarding an individual’s right to privacy.

Contact

Bryan Costigan, Section Supervisor
Phone: (406) 444-1314