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Each SAC Spotlight focuses on one of the state Statistical Analysis Centers, with descriptions of the SAC's relationships with other state agencies, featured research projects and publications, and key personnel. By focusing on one SAC at a time, we hope to highlight the critical role they all play in analyzing justice information in their state and informing the development of sound public policy.

Location:
Criminal Justice Information Services Support Center , Information Services Division, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Year Established: 1991

Number of Staff: 3 full-time (with 1 vacant statistical analyst position)

About the SAC:
The Tennessee SAC is located in the Criminal Justice Information Services Support Center within the Information Services Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Staff provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and to colleges and universities reporting crime data to the state program. The SAC also analyzes criminal history data housed by the TBI, manages the Arrest-Related Deaths program and administers the state's Methamphetamine Registry Database.

Access to Administrative Data
The Tennessee SAC is housed in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). TBI is responsible for all Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems that collect data to be reported to the FBI, including the state's criminal history system, law enforcement communications network, Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), and the Tennessee Instant Check System (TICS) for gun purchases. TBI also oversees the state forensic laboratories and the Criminal and Drug Investigation Divisions. SAC staff have access to all CJIS information, including National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data and all incident-based reporting system information, the state's Methamphetamine Registry, and the state's criminal history data. Because of its access to this wealth of data, the SAC has been able to conduct important recidivism research over the last several years, including a study on the Sex Offender Registry housed at TBI. Results from that study led to the introduction of legislation making changes to the registry.

Interagency Collaboration
In addition to working with other divisions in the TBI, staff also collaborate with local, state, and tribal agencies in the state, including:

  • Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs
  • Municipal Police Departments (260)
  • Sheriffs' Offices (95)
  • Colleges/University Police and Security Departments (110)

SAC staff provide technical assistance to all agencies contributing to the statewide incident-based reporting system program and frequently present information from the system at state conferences.

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