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NCJ Number: 78524 Find in a Library
Title: Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) - Final Evaluation - Executive Summary
Author(s): S Pennell; C E Curtis; B McCardell; P Kuchinsky
Corporate Author: San Diego Assoc of Governments
Criminal Justice Evaluation Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
San Diego Assoc of Governments
San Diego, CA 92101
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: A-2469-5-A-79
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

San Diego Assoc of Governments
Criminal Justice Evaluation Unit
Suite 524 Security Pacific Plaza
1200 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report comments on changes in the development, use, and effectiveness of the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) since the completion of the preliminary evaluation (November 1980) and compares the cost of ARJIS to potential cost savings.
Abstract: When established in 1976, ARJIS was designed to assist in the identification and apprehension of suspected criminals by increasing the exchange of information among San Diego County, Calif., law enforcement personnel. As originally designed, the system contained the Master Operations Index, which integrates the crime case, arrest, suspect, and property files; and personnel; automated worthless document; crime analysis; and manpower allocation components. Parts of the system are still not developed, others are being changed, and some are not being used by all agencies, so that the full impact of ARJIS cannot be measured. Since November 1980, the use of ARJIS has increased, as have the benefits received in terms of arrests and crime cases cleared with ARJIS information. The effectiveness of ARJIS is expected to increase if officers receive additional training in data access, the quality of information is improved, components are fully used by all law enforcement agencies in the region, and proposed development and enhancement of the system occur. During the next year, careful monitoring should be conducted and periodic reports submitted to the ARJIS board to ensure that the problem areas are being addressed. These reports should also include cost assessments compared to benefits received. Findings suggest cost savings associated with ARJIS, but whether savings will outweigh the expenditures when the system is fully operational is not known. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems; California; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Program evaluation
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