REJIS' Historical Timeline

1964

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

Established the first on-line information system returning stolen vehicle and vehicle registration information within seconds. The system was used by the City and County and municipal PDs
1969

St. Louis Local Government

St. Louis City/County apply for grant under LEAA to study the computer needs of the St. Louis region
1969

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

Computer system expanded beyond City PD funding
1969

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

LEAA gives grant funds for the requested study. The study revealed that the computer system provided by St. Louis City PD should be greatly expanded to provide faster service to ALL police agenices in the St. Louis area
1970

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

LEAA awards City PD through MLEAC a $500,000 grant to upgrade the computer system for the 23 agencies using their system at the time
1970

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

City PD upgrades computer system, providiing more speed to the current susers of the system
1971

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

LEAA commissioned a study to address the best method of providing computer services to the PDs in the St. Louis region as well as for the courts and other "non-police" criminal justice agencies. The study was conducted by Lawrence-Leiter & Co of Kansas City, MO. NOTE: The study was commissioned because so many criminal justice agencies were requesting grant funds from LEAA to upgrade their computer systems.
1971 - July

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

The commissioned study was published which recommended that there should be one integrated criminal justice information system to serve all of the more than 200 police departments, courts, and correction agencies. The four specific recommendations were as follows: 1)The creation of a not-for-profit corporation to assume responsibilty for operationg a regional criminal justice information system (Thus the formation of REJIS); 2)Establish governance of the not-for-profit through a Board of Directors appointed by St. Louis City and County; 3)Finance the not-for-proift by LEAA for the computer hardware needs and by user agencies based on usage; and 4)the not-for-profit be nuetral and separate from any particular user agency. The study concluded that having a regional information system would provide more complete and accurate criminal justice information for all users, and would be cheaper than each agency operating their own criminal information system. - Exhibit A and Exhibit B
1971 - November

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

LEAA tentatively approves a 5 year Comprehensive Data System (CDS) plan promoting computer use in the criminal justice communities (PDs, courts, corrections) in St. Louis, Kansas City, MO and MSHP. Funds up to $6.5 Million are to be shared amongst the three agencies to computerize the criminal justice communities in these regions
1971 - November

St. Louis Local Government

St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, the regional TACs, and the Users of the City PD Computer system approve the concept of a regional information system.
1971 - November

State of Missouri and MO Law Enforcement Assistance Council (MLEAC), Representing LEAA for the St. Louis Area

MLEAC approves the concept for a regional criminal justice information system.
1971 - November

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

Police Board of Commissioners approve the concept of a regional criminal justice information system.
1972

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

St. Louis City PD paid out $1.5 million to maintain the computer system it had before REJIS. In 2014, to get the same service through REJIS, the city pays $1.4 Million, over 30 years later .Exhibit B
1972

State of Missouri and MO Law Enforcement Assistance Council (MLEAC), Representing LEAA for the St. Louis Area

MLEAC establishes a committee called Regional Justice Information System Committee to implement the recommendations of the LEAA study, including forming a not-for-profit organization to handle criminal information on a regional basis for the St. Louis area, to develop the organization's articles of incorporation and to ensure the regional organization gets up and running by 1973.
1972

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

REJIS is part of the Comprehensive Data System (CDS) plan created by LEAA, which also includes Kansas City, MO and the MO Highway Patrol to ensure all criminal justice records are computerized. LEAA awarded a $6.5 Million grant to help with the implementation of the computer systems for the police, courts, prosecutors, and corrections agencies. The CDS plan called for REJIS handling the computerized records of the St. Louis area, Kansas City PD, through Alert handling computerizing the records in that area, and the MO Highway Patrol was assigned the responsibility for computerizing the records of the "less populated areas" of Missouri. The grant of $6.5 Mil awarded was to be shared by the three criminal justice agencies (MSHP, REJIS, and KC Alert). The grant was to be handled by the MULES Committe of MLEAC, but later transferred to the MSHP which began to leave REJIS out of the planning for the project assigned by CDS. Exhibit J Funding for CDS came from the $6.5 Mil grant and was to be allocated 5 years.
1972 - May

St. Louis Local Government

The St. Louis County Supervisor (now Executive) approves regional criminal justice information system
1972 - May

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

The Mayor of St. Louis City approves regional criminal justice information system
1973 - June

REJIS

REJIS is officially formed as a not-for-profit and takes on the name of the MLEAC committee established to take responsibility for its formation.
1974 - January

REJIS

REJIS officially begins to operate as a not-for-profit under the supervision of a 7 member board and remains part of MLEAC
1974 - February

Missouri State Highway Patrol

MULES Defined - "The computer managed by REJIS is connected to two other similar computers in the State of Missouri. One of these is located at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Headquarters in Jefferson City, and the other at the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Missouri. These three computers form a criminal justice network that covers the entire state. The network is known as MULES, for Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System. The MULES network connects to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) System in Washington, D.C as well as the Missouri Department of Revenue to access motor vehicle files.
1974 - May

REJIS

REJIS request access to NCIC/CCH data
1974 - June

NCIC

June 4, 1974 meeting of the NCIC National Advisory Board voted to change the guidelines to allow REJIS, and consequently organizations like it, to have access to NCIC/CCH files. It was noted in that meeting the following: "The unanimous motion by the Missouri State MULES Committe supporting REJIS's request for the change in guidelines was certaintly a determining factor in helping NCIC arrive at this decision. In particular the strong backing of Col. Sam Smith Superintendent Mo. State Highway Patrol, Chairman of the MULES Committee who is also on the NCIC National Advisory Board must be recognized." Exhibit D and Exhibit E
1974 - June

NCIC

NCIC responds to REJIS' request with suggested changes to its bylaws prior voting on REJIS' request for access.Exhibit E an d F New Wording to ensure organizations like the REJIS Commission can have access NCIC/CCH data: "Regional or local organizations under the control of criminal justice administrators, whose sole purpose by law or by formal charter authorized by law, is the provision of criminal justice services to only criminal justice agencies.." Exhibit G
1974 - June

State of Missouri and MO Law Enforcement Assistance Council (MLEAC), Representing LEAA for the St. Louis Area

MLEAC assigns MULES goals including the following: MULES Regional - Objective: "To provide funds to support the two regional MULES operational sites in Kansas City (KCPD) and St. Louis (REJIS non-profit corporation) for equipment acquisition and necessary support personnel and supplies to be used in current and planned service applications of the MULES network. Both of these operations are internationally recognized as models of criminal justice systems service. In addition to servicing "real time" inquiry oriented networks ........, these sites provide administrative systems support programs for Law Enforcement, Judicial (adult and juvenile), Prosecutor, Corrections, and Probation and Parole functions." Exhibit C
1974 - November

State of Missouri and MO Law Enforcement Assistance Council (MLEAC), Representing LEAA for the St. Louis Area

The MULES Committee of MLEAC takes the following action: "the MULES Committee reaffirm its position that users of the REJIS and ALERT II Systems, which are legitimate members of the MCCJ regions (I and IV), with the exclusion of state agencies and the courts, be required to use the two regional systems unless otherwise determined by the MULES Committee".
1974 - December

NCIC

NCIC recognizes that REJIS fits the new definition of the type of organization that is able to get access of NCIC/CCH data as defined by NCIC in June 1974. However, upon further review, NCIC discovered that REJIS did not meet the requirements of the FBI under Title 28, Section 534, United States Code because REJIS was a not-for-proift. The NCIC Advisory Policy Board recommended that REJIS be given a year to re-organize as a government entity and come back to request to be approved for access to NCIC/CCH data. The advisory board further requested that REJIS not be cut off from NCIC/CCH access. Exhibit G
1975

A Federal Agency Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)

LEAA called a meeting with REJIS, MSHP, and Kansas City Alert to deal with the issues with the CDS grant which was being handled by the MSHP, but the monies were not being allocated properly by MSHP. Exhibit I
1975 - September

St. Louis Local Government

County approves REJIS to become a governmental agency
1975 - September

St. Louis City PD and St. Louis City

City approves REJIS to become a governmental agency
1975 - September

REJIS

REJIS General Manager writes a letter to the City Board of Commissioners explaining the problems with the MSHP, REJIS, and KC Alert partnership under CDS. MSHP was bypassing REJIS to work directly with the St. Louis region agencies, instead of REJIS doing that and MSHP withheld funds from REJIS. Exhibit J
1975 - December

NCIC

The Advisory Policy Board of the NCIC revised and approved the wording to include REJIS as an organization to receive NCIC/CCH data. The revision was the revision of the wording from 6/1974. In addition, the Advisory Policy Board approved that REJIS specifically be given access to NCIC/CCH data to ensure there was no confusion about their intention to make it clear that REJIS fit the definition of the FBI as a governmental agency that can have access to NCIC/CCH data. Exhibit H New wording: "Regional or local governmental organizations which have as their sole function pursuant to statue the collection and processing of criminal justice information and whose policy and governing boards, at a minimum, have a majority composition of members representing criminal justice agencies." Exhibit G