The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Kansas Department of Transportation utilized the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) to improve electronic disposition reporting for DUI offenses. Dispositions, including for DUI offenses, document the final status of the process which begins with law enforcement contact at the time of the offense and ends with a court finding. KCJIS empowers public safety agencies to make informed, timely decisions that could improve transportation safety, prevent DUIs, and even save lives.
In the past, Kansas did not have a standardized way for state and local agencies to submit or store electronic dispositions electronically. Approximately 18,000 dispositions per month had to be sent on paper and entered manually into the state’s Computerized Criminal History Repository. Now, state and local agencies can use KCJIS to submit and store public safety information electronically, including DUI dispositions. KCJIS improves access to critical, up-to-date information that helps prevent crime and keep communities safe, including: criminal and traffic records; crash data; and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver and vehicle data.
Within just 30 days of the launch of electronic disposition reporting, the state saw a 7.2% drop in the time it takes to process dispositions of all kinds. Dispositions that once took 3.5 to 6.5 years between first contact by police and entry into the Criminal History Repository now take an average of just over two months. Also, because the data is no longer entered manually, the quality of the information continues to increase. KCJIS is available to nearly 1,500 local, state and federal agencies, as well as prosecutors, law enforcement officials, social service agencies, and more.
NIEM helped make electronic disposition reporting possible for KCJIS. It served as the data layer foundation for turning a time-consuming paper-based system into an efficient, web-based system that allows many different agencies to submit, access, and share standardized DUI disposition data. KCJIS is on its way to becoming a national model for full integration of criminal and transportation information.