ACIC is the state agency responsible for providing information technology services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in Arkansas.
The principal role of ACIC is the administration of a comprehensive data system that is accessible by criminal justice agencies in over 250 locations in Arkansas. This state system is interfaced with the FBI National Crime Information Center, as well as similar systems in the other 49 states. ACIC also collects and publishes statistics on crime, manages the crime victim notification system, and the state sex offender registry.
With the exception of crime statistics, access to most data maintained in the ACIC system is restricted to governmental criminal justice officials for criminal justice purposes, and is specifically exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.
The authority for ACIC is contained in Arkansas law (A.C.A. ß 12-12-201 – 214; ß 12-12-1001 – 1015; ß 12-12-908 et seq.; and ß 12-12-1201).
The mission of the Arkansas Crime Information Center is to administer the state’s automated criminal justice information system in an efficient and cost effective manner so as to provide timely, accurate and reliable data both to the public, as provided by law, and to local, state and federal criminal justice agencies as an integral tool in the execution of their duties to protect the citizens.
Organizationally, ACIC is divided into three sections. The primary responsibilities of each sections are:
- Directorial Section includes the Director, Assistant to the Director, and Receptionist, this Section’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ACIC Board meetings, website maintenance, social media presence, managing grants, inventory, fleet, mail, supplies and other daily office duties.
- Operations Section manages the entry of records for Arkansas into the National Crime Information Center, processes requests for connection to the state criminal justice system, provides assistance in coding records for entry and the general liaison with system users, including off line searches and investigative research, record validation, audit coordination, and information security. The other systems the section is responsible for are the ACIC Launch Pad, CJIS Online, Online Stolen Vehicle Verification Form, Crime Victims Notification Program, JusticeXchange, Alert Express, the Electronic Logbook for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine sales and the Metal Theft sales log. The section is also responsible for Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), National Incident Based Reporting (NIBRS), the National Data Exchange (N-DEx), all of the ACIC Field Agents (Field Agents Map), and conducts all ACIC training for the associated programs.
- Repository Section is responsible for administering the state’s central repository of criminal history records which includes the entry of Governor pardon’s, orders to seal, mental commitments, juvenile records, fingerprint cards, and National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) R-84 final disposition reports for handgun purposes. We process NICS Index submission for mental commitments, felony sealed records, and qualifying domestic violence records. The Repository Section is also responsible for the verification of all records and responds to all citizen requests for the review of their files, including assisting the public visiting ACIC for in office consultation. Additionally, the Repository Section is responsible for managing the Arkansas Sex Offender Registry, which conducts training for criminal justice and court agencies on criminal history and sex offender matters. We are responsible for the documentation, record retention, and tracking of registered sex offenders submitted to the registry by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies regarding convicted sex offenders required to register in Arkansas. This Section, together with the Operations Section, is responsible for all misuse investigations.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS CENTER (SAC)
Within ACIC is the Arkansas Statistical Analysis Center. The SAC is responsible for The Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx). The SAC performs research and crime analysis activities to encourage the application of new technology in record and communications systems. The SAC also provides information in a coordinated effort for studies and evaluations of current and future policy issues that affect criminal justice in Arkansas.
AGENCY MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION
ACIC is in the Executive Branch of state government and operates under a director and a 14-member supervisory board. This board is authorized in Arkansas law (A.C.A. ß12-12-202 – 203) and is responsible for establishing the policies and rules governing the operation of the computerized system.
Sgt. Lloyd White, Chairman
Representing the Municipal Police Association
Ms. Nicki Nicolo
Representing the Arkansas Bar Association
Mr. Marty Sullivan
Representing the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court
Mr. Dexter Payne
Director of the Department of Correction
Col. Bill Bryant
Director of the Arkansas State Police
Judge Lance Wright
Representing the District Judges Association
Mr. Matthew Durrett
Representing the Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Mr. Dan Harness
Citizen at Large
Mr. Joe West
Representing the Attorney General
Mr. Zach Mayo
Representing the Governor
Sheriff Ron Nichols, Vice Chairman
Representing the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association
Assistant Chief Hayward Finks
Representing the Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP)
Ms. Debbie Wise
Representing the Association of Arkansas Counties
Mr. Howard Heffington
Citizen at Large
The ACIC Supervisory Board meets quarterly, in March, June, September and December on the first Friday of the month. The next ACIC Supervisory Board Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 4, 2021 at ACIC.
ACIC Attorney: Daniel Faulkner
Attorney General’s Office