History of the Division of Justice Services

Mission Statement

The Division of Justice Services mission is to ensure effective and efficient public safety operations by delivering comprehensive administrative and technical services and support, as well as innovative solutions, to the Illinois State Police and statewide law enforcement to enhance and facilitate effective public safety decisions.

History of the Division

Prior to January 1, 2020 and the passing of Senate Bill 1915, the Division of Justice Services (DJS) was known as the Division of Administration and was responsible for overseeing the Illinois State Police Training Academy, Fiscal Management, Communication Services Bureau, Bureau of Identification, Logistics, Firearm Services Bureau, Department of Innovation and Technology (formerly Information Services Bureau), Program Administration Bureau, and Office of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator. On January 1, 2020, the Office of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator and Communications Services Bureau were combined to form a separate division, the Training Academy was reorganized under the Division of Academy and Training, and the Fiscal Management Bureau was absorbed by the Office of the Director. As a result of the changes and the addition of the Sex Offender Registry, the DJS was reorganized into three distinct commands. Each of the commands plays a critical role in providing administrative and technical services and support to the Illinois State Police, criminal justice agencies and the community. On May 1, 2021, the Office of the Director announced the creation of the Regulatory Services Bureau (RSB) within DJS. The RSB encompasses the Offender Registration Unit and the addition of the Cannabis Control Office into the Division in a continued effort to provide high quality administrative support and improve efficiencies. This reorganization better aligned the administrative and regulatory functions and objectives of the work units within the same structure.

Overview

The Division centralizes various functions in support of the Department and criminal justice authorities throughout the state. The Division encourages the innovative development of new software technologies to replace aging legacy systems; offers full-service training to new state and local law enforcement officers; supports criminal justice authorities through the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS), Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS); enhances public safety through Offender Registration, Cannabis Control, Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) and Concealed Carry initiatives; and attains required equipment and communications services for safe and effective law enforcement on a statewide basis.

Command Structure

The Division’s command structure consists of a Colonel, a Lieutenant Colonel, a Chief of Staff, Staff Officer and an Administrative Assistant II. The Division is comprised of the following commands and bureaus:

  • Administrative Support Command
    • Logistics Bureau
    • Department of Innovation and Technology
  • Criminal Justice Services Command
    • Bureau of Identification
    • Program Administration Bureau
  • Public Safety Services Command
    • Firearms Services Bureau
    • Regulatory Services Bureau

A Colonel is appointed to oversee and guide the direction of the Division. The Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Staff and Administrative Assistant II report directly to the Colonel.

A Lieutenant Colonel is appointed to oversee the Administrative Support Command, Criminal Justice Services Command, and Public Safety Services Command. The Administrative Support Command and the Public Safety Services Command report directly to the Lieutenant Colonel. Within the Criminal Justice Services Command, a Major is appointed to report directly to the Lieutenant Colonel and supervises the Bureau of Identification and the Program Administration Bureau.

Public Safety Services Command

The Firearms Services Bureau, through its FOID Program, determines the eligibility of applicants who wish to acquire, possess, or transfer firearms. The Bureau also administers the state’s Concealed Carry Licensing program. Through the Firearms Transfer Inquiry Program, federally licensed gun dealers are able to perform checks on potential buyers at the point of purchase. The Bureau also monitors and ensures those with a Federal Firearms License adhere to the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

The Regulatory Services Bureau consists of the Offender Registration Unit and the Cannabis Control Office. The Offender Registration Unit administers the mandates of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, Illinois Sex Offender Community Notification Act and Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act. The Unit provides assistance to criminal justice entities and maintains public websites for the Illinois Sex Offender Registry and Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry. The Cannabis Control Office (CCO) provides oversight for the Cannabis Industry in the State of Illinois. The CCO performs security plan reviews for cultivation centers, dispensaries, craft grows, infusers and cannabis transportation entities. Furthermore, the CCO conducts monthly compliance inspections for all dispensaries, cultivation centers, craft grows, infusers and cannabis transportation entities. The CCO works to ensure all cannabis is properly regulated as provided by law and administrative rule. The CCO also provides support for criminal investigations related to illegal cannabis.