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Connecticut Offender-Based Tracking System (OBTS) Training and Certification

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Governing Board

Training & Certification Program

for Users of the

Offender-Based Tracking System (OBTS)

OBTS Instructor Guide


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page Number

Preface

3

Section 1: Introduction

14

Section 2: OBTS Overview

18

Section 3: How OBTS Collects Data

31

Section 4: Accessing and Disseminating OBTS Data

60

Section 5: How to Use OBTS

79

Section 6: OBTS Certification Exam (Open Book!)

103

Appendix 1: Handout Packet for Participants

Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

Appendix 3: PowerPoint Slides

Appendix 4: Handouts that are Distributed Separately

Appendix 5: Train-the-Trainer Tips

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Preface

PREFACE: CONTENT OVERVIEW

Page

How to Use This Instructor Guide

4

Key Contacts

5

Background

5

Acknowledgements

6

Revisions Record

7

Course at a Glance

8

Master List of Materials and Supplies

9 - 11

Learning Objectives

12 - 13


HOW TO USE THIS INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

“To teach is to learn twice.”� ~Joseph Joubert (French essayist and moralist, 1754-1824)

BE PREPARED!

  • Before you stand up in front of your classroom, you are encouraged to be very familiar with this Instructor Guide and all related training materials.� Your trainees should expect nothing less than adequate preparation on your part!

PRONOUNCIATION

  • You are also encouraged to pronounce each letter of “OBTS” and refrain from saying “O-Bits”.

THE OBTS CERTIFICATION EXAM

  • This Guide is designed to help you teach to the Exam.� Exam content is identified throughout this Guide so that you: a.) Will be sure to cover it and
    b.) Can provide your trainees with a verbal alert.� Therefore:
  • Some Certification Exam content has been incorporated into lecture; some into a Matching Exercise; and some into Worksheets.
  • The Answer Key to the Certification Exam has been incorporated into this Instructor Guide (see Section 6).

ORGANIZATION OF THIS GUIDE

  • This Instructor Guide is meant to be used with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.� The PPT presentation contains no notes in the notes pages; all instructor scripts, notes, class activities, answer keys, etc. are contained in this Guide.
  • The beginning of each Section provides a suggested timeframe, section learning objectives, and an overview of learning content, with associated Instructor Guide page numbers. When appropriate, Handout page numbers are also indicated.
  • Margins have been set so that three-hole-punched paper can be used for printing -- and inserted into a three-ring binder.�
  • All materials have been designed for two-sided copy in an effort to enable you to “train green”.� In some instances, this means extra page breaks have been inserted.
  • While the course was being re-designed, a Sandbox for OBTS was also being developed; but was not yet available.� When a Sandbox does become available, you will need to revise your instructor notes accordingly.


KEY CONTACTS

CJIS Governing Board

Linda DeConti, CJIS Business Manager

Office of Policy and Management

450 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106-1308

860-622-2086 (DOIT)

860-418-6248 (OPM)

860-418-6496 (Fax)

E-Mail: linda.deconti@ct.gov

Department of Information Technology

Tracy Brown, CSG Administrative Assistant

Department of Information Technology

101 East River Drive

East Hartford, CT 06108

860-622-2517

860-610-0749 (Fax)

E-Mail: tracy.brown@ct.gov

BACKGROUND

The update of this material began on July 17, 2009, when Linda DeConti solicited the assistance of the Office of Policy and Management to re-engineer the existing OBTS training program. The need stemmed from the rising customer dissatisfaction from repeat cancellations for scheduled OBTS training sessions due to the lack of dedicated instructors available to teach. Also, there was a growing concern by current and former trainers that existing materials were inadequate, erroneous and in serious need of revision. No formal curriculum had ever been developed for this purpose.

OBTS Instructor Recruitment and Training:

Our overall goal for the OBTS “Train-the-Trainer” aspect of this initiative is to devise a program of ongoing recruitment within our Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement community to ensure that we maintain an adequate number of qualified instructors throughout the various regions of our State. On September 16, 2009, we held our first “Train-the-Trainer” PILOT to certify potential instructors and to solicit preliminary feedback on the DRAFT training materials developed. More than 20 potential instructors participated in this session.� We plan to meet with POST in the coming weeks to gain a better understanding of their needs and recommendations for Law Enforcement training.� Another OBTS “Train-the-Trainer” session will be scheduled in the coming months to recruit and certify additional qualified instructors to train OBTS users.

OBTS User Training PILOT:

On December 16, 2009, the Division of Criminal Justice held the first PILOT class for the new OBTS training material and format for agency OBTS training.� In attendance were thirteen Division employees and five DOIT employees. The class brought out a few minor items in the materials that have been modified. Overall the product tested positive. This was our last step in ensuring that the product is now ready for the review and approval of the OBTS Application Steering Committee.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A lot of time and hard work went into creating and formulating the training material that will be used by the Criminal Justice agencies to train and certify their respective users. The training professionals at the Office of Policy and Management welcomed the opportunity to partner with the CJIS Governing Board to enhance the OBTS Training and Certification Program. Special recognition is extended to OPM’s Training Program Specialist, Alice L. Clive, for her design and development of the “Train-the-Trainer” Instructor Guide and all related training materials. Also, the assistance of DOIT’s Gerard (Jerry) Johnson, Information Technology Manager, served as consultant and trainer for the pilot course, and was very much appreciated. Finally, we would like to thank Joan Hilliard at DPS, Terry Walker at JIS and Chief Richard Mulhall at CPCA and their respective staff of regional detectives and trainers for their dedication as former OBTS trainers and their assistance in the review and contributions made toward the improvement of this material.

OBTS User Group:

Once the OBTS instructor recruitment and OBTS user training are fully under way our next step will be to establish and share metrics, such as: Who is actually using the OBTS system? Who is NOT using the system? What are the areas of improvement needed for the OBTS system? Chief Richard Mulhall, Chair of the CJIS Implementation Subcommittee is establishing hands on user groups for all CJIS applications and we expect that the OBTS User Group will have an important role in this area.

We look forward to the working with all of you to ensure that we are delivering the best learning experience possible to each and every instructor and training participant and that we are establishing a communication network to support the full use of OBTS and any investment made toward its ongoing improvement.


REVISIONS RECORD

Revision

Date/ Initials

Revision Description

Section/

Page Number

PPT

Slide

Number

Handout

Page

Number

12-10-09

Version 2.0

12-21-09

TEB

Version 2.0, Pages 1-12 reflect the Instructor Guide and Pages 13-17 reflect Section 1.� Updates were made to the headers (CJIS letterhead) and the footers to distinguish sections 1 to 6 and appendixes.

12-22-09

TEB

Changes were made to the font for all sections and appendixes to have consistency.

All

12-28-09

LDB

Changes were made to the Preface as an example of the standard formatting to be applied to all sections and appendixes.

Preface

1-05-10

TEB

Reformat the pictures, deleted titles at top of each page, realigned the slide numbers and change fonts where needed.

All

1-19-10

TEB

The following changes were made to all the documents: footers were changed to revised, new date, and version; updated Key Contacts; updated Instructional Method under Preface; restructured table of contents for each section; reformatted the margins; removed “continued next page”; removed slide #_ under each slide; removed the word notes to those sections that did not include a note; removed boxes around texts and highlights over texts information; removed the word agenda;�


COURSE AT A GLANCE

Content

Instructional Method and Duration

Total

Time

Slide Numbers

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

  • Introductions / Ground Rules
  • Agenda

20 min.

20 min.

1-2

SECTION 2: OBTS OVERVIEW

  • What is OBTS?
  • Why was OBTS developed?
  • Who uses OBTS?
  • What is OBTS currently used for?
  • What kind of data can I expect to find?
  • What kind of data is not found?
  • Planned future uses of OBTS

15 min.

35 min.

3-11

SECTION 3: HOW OBTS COLLECTS DATA

  • OBTS System Design diagram
  • What is a CJIS business event?
  • Judicial computer systems and business events
  • DPS computer systems and business events
  • DOC computer systems and business events
  • “Who Provides What?” Chart
  • Your responsibilities in ensuring data integrity
  • Matching Exercise (Review of Sections 2 & 3)

20 min.

Matching Exercise:

20 min.

50

min.

1 hr.

15 min.

12-31

SECTION 4: ACCESSING AND DISSEMINATING OBTS
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  • Who is authorized to use OBTS?
  • Computer System security
  • Appropriate and inappropriate use of OBTS data

20 min.

1 hr.

35 min.

32-46

SECTION 5: HOW TO USE THE OBTS

  • Live OBTS demonstration by instructor
  • OBTS Certification Form

20 min.

1 hr.

50 min.

47-50

BREAK

15 min.

2 hrs.

5 min.

SECTION 5: HOW TO USE THE OBTS - continued

  • Usernames and passwords
  • Worksheets

60 min.

3 hrs.

5 min.

47-50

SECTION 6: OBTS CERTIFICATION EXAM

  • The OBTS certification process
  • Administration of the OBTS Certification Exam
  • Exam answers reviewed

55 min.

4 hrs.

51-55


MASTER LIST OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

Below is a checklist of “What You Will Need” as the INSTRUCTOR. Also see additional checklist for Audio-Visual Equipment and Other Supplies.

For the INSTRUCTOR’S USE

Appendix 4:

Participant Handouts Distributed Separately (by Instructor)

� OBTS Certification Training

����� Instructor Guide

OBTS Certification Training

����� PowerPoint Presentation

� List of registered OBTS USER trainees

� Sign-in Sheet

� Matching Exercise

� Matching Exercise Answer Sheet
���� (optional)

� OBTS Certification Form

� POST Training Credits Form

� Paper Slips for Trainees: Log-in IDs

����� and Passwords

� Worksheets

� Worksheet Answer Key (optional)

� Certification Examination Booklets

� Certification Examination Answer
����� Sheets

� Certificates of Achievement


MASTER LIST OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

Below is a checklist of “What Is Needed” for class participants (OBTS User Trainees).

Appendix 1: Participant Handout Packet

Note: Handouts are sequenced in the order in which lecture topics occur.

� Title Page

� What is OBTS Currently Used For?

� Offender Status Categories

� OBTS System Design

� OBTS Business Events

� “Who Provides What?” Chart

� “Who Can See What?” Chart

� OBTS Case Types

� 3 Uses for OBTS Data

� Logging-On to OBTS

� Setting Default Search Preferences

� 3 Ways to Search

� All Inquiries Require 3 Pieces of
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� The Requestor ID Field

� Case Status Values

� 4 Ways to Navigate in OBTS

� Data Sources in OBTS

� Data Display in OBTS

� Number Display Formats in OBTS

� OBTS-Related Forms

� OBTS Certification Form

� CJIS User Authorization Request
����� Form Instructions

� CJIS User Authorization Request
����� Form

� When You First Log-On to OBTS

� Getting Help with OBTS When You
������ Need It

� Your Recommendations Are
������ Welcome

� OBTS Improvement Request Form

� Training Evaluation Form

Appendix 2: Glossary

Appendix 3: PPT Slides

� Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

� PPT Slides to be printed as
����� Handouts (See PPT presentation)


MASTER LIST OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT AND OTHER

Below is a checklist of Audio-Visual Equipment and Other Supplies that may be needed for the INSTRUCTOR.

For the INSTRUCTOR’S USE

Audio-Visual Equipment and Other

� A computer, with verified Internet connectivity, for the instructor and each trainee; or a

����� laptop computer with power cord and extension cord (spare batteries) – for the

����� instructor

Note: If you will be using NON-COLLECT certified workstations, be sure to check with DOIT’s Jerry Johnson, CSG Customer Support Manager, or CJIS Help Desk concerning appropriate arrangements.

� Projector with power cord and power strip (spare bulb)

� Screen for front of the room

� Jump drive with a back-up to your PowerPoint show

� Contact information for technical assistance the day of your training –

����� for the training site venue and at DOIT

� Shortcut to the CJIS Portal – on each desktop

� Flipchart and Easel (with markers and masking tape) – optional

� Screen shots for the live demo in Section 5 – as a back-up measure (not provided)


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Section 2: OBTS Overview

  1. With the aid of your training materials, explain, in your own words, what the Offender-Based Tracking System is.
  2. With the aid of your training materials, name the three main customer groups that use OBTS (with 100% accuracy).
  3. With the aid of your training materials, describe at least three different ways that the Judicial Branch can use the Offender Based Tracking System.
  4. With the aid of your training materials, describe at least three different ways that state, local and other law enforcement agencies can use the Offender Based Tracking System.
  5. With the aid of your training materials, identify at least three types of data that cannot be found in OBTS.

Section 3: How OBTS Collects Data

  1. With the aid of your training materials, name the three legacy source systems that contribute to the Offender-Based Tracking System.
  2. With the use of your training materials, and in your own words, describe the way the Offender Based Tracking System collects offender, arrest, and case data information.
  3. With the aid of your training materials, provide at least six different examples of a CJIS business event.
  4. Without the use of your training materials, specify at least two things you/your agency are responsible for doing to ensure the integrity of OBTS data.

Section 4: Accessing and Disseminating OBTS Data

  1. With the use of your training materials, name at least six agencies that may access OBTS data.
  2. With the aid of your training materials, explain how the relationship between CJIS roles and OBTS case types impacts what users can see in the OBTS.
  3. With the use of your training materials, list the three rules regarding accessing and disseminating Offender-Based Tracking System data.
  4. Without the use of your training materials, describe, in your own words, the distinction between having access to OBTS data and disseminating or using the data.
  5. With the use of your training materials, identify at least three situations when you may not disseminate, inquire, or use OBTS data.
  6. With the use of your training materials, list at least three pieces of information that are captured in OBTS Inquiry Logs.


Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

  1. With the aid of your training materials, state three main ways to conduct searches in OBTS.
  2. With the aid of your training materials, correctly identify the three mandatory fields of information you need to conduct all OBTS inquires.
  3. With the aid of your training materials, correctly identify under what circumstances you should fill out the Requestor ID field.
  4. With the aid of your training materials, state at least two pieces of information that cannot be used to conduct searches in the OBTS.
  5. Using your training materials, describe at least three general guidelines regarding the use of your OBTS password.
  6. Given access to the system, successfully access the OBTS site and log in.
  7. Given access to the system, successfully set a default to conduct searches by Exact Name.
  8. Given access to the system, successfully conduct a search by using a Smart Name.
  9. Using your training notes, accurately explain how to tell which Tab you are currently viewing.
  10. With the aid of your training materials, accurately explain how to identify information from the original 2004 historical data load.
  11. Given access to the system and a specific offender name, conduct a search and successfully determine Offender Status.
  12. Given access to the system and a specific offender name, conduct a search and successfully determine Case Status.
  13. Given the results of a search for a specific offender, correctly identify which offenders have definitely been fingerprinted.
  14. Given an Offender Summary screen for a specific offender, correctly state which Tab should be selected to determine an offender’s alias names.
  15. Given the results of a search for a specific offender, correctly state the number of docket numbers associated with the offender.

Sections 6: OBTS Certification Examination (Open Book!)

  1. After participating in a classroom training session and, using your training materials, successfully take and pass the OBTS User Certification Test by scoring at least 11 out of 15 correct answers.

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SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

TIME FRAME

20� minutes

PPT presentation / Interactive Lecture

SECTION 1: CONTENT OVERVIEW

Page

Introductions

15

Announcements

16

Ground Rules

17


INTRODUCTIONS

ASK:

Self-Introductions:

Good {Morning / Afternoon}!� Welcome to OBTS Certification Training!� I’ll introduce myself in a moment, but first, let’s find out who you are!�

Please introduce yourself to us by telling us your name, what agency or department you work for, and what, if any, experience you have had using the Offender Based Tracking System.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

TELL:

Thanks for those Introductions!

    • Comment upon trainees’ questions and expectations, as appropriate

My job, as your instructor today, is to help you learn how to use OBTS.� The application’s interface is very user-friendly.� By the time you leave here today, you will know enough to return to your office and begin using another tool that will provide you with consolidated data at your fingertips!

Introduce Yourself

  • Your Name, Job Title, Agency or Department
  • Establish your credibility:
    • What qualifies you as an OBTS Instructor?
    • How did you come to be an OBTS instructor?

Announcements

  • Breaks
  • Locations of Restrooms and Emergency Exits


GROUND RULES

TELL:

Ground Rules

These are the ground rules for our session today.� Feel free to ask questions at any time and to collaborate with one another whenever we do an activity or exercise.� The Certification Exam will be “open book” – so you’ll be able to use all your training materials and your notes.

Also, in consideration for your classmates, please remember to put your cell phones and beepers on vibrate and to refrain from text messaging.

We’ll be taking one break and I’m going to request that you make a real effort to get back on time as there’s a lot of information packed into this session and I want to be sensitive to finishing on time.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 2: OBTS Overview

SECTION 2

TELL:

Sharing the Agenda

Here’s our “roadmap” for our time together!� We’ve just completed Section 1 – the Introduction.� So let’s get started and jump right into Section 2 - an overview of OBTS.� We’ll begin by defining what OBTS is.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 2: OBTS Overview

SECTION 2: OBTS OVERVIEW

Time Frame

15� minutes

PPT presentation / Interactive Lecture

Section 2: Content Overview

Page

What is OBTS?

20

Why was OBTS Developed?

21

Who Uses OBTS?

23

What is OBTS Currently Used For?

24

What Kind of Data Can I Expect to Find?

25

What Kind of Data is Not Found?

27

Planned Future Uses of OBTS

29


WHAT IS THE OBTS?

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TELL:

What is the Offender-Based Tracking System?

  • It has over 3 million rows of Offender information in it.
  • Since then, we have had multiple releases and trained over 3,000 users.� Our goal is to train 15,000 users.


WHY WAS OBTS DEVELOPED?

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TELL:

Why was OBTS developed?� What is its value?

  • OBTS provides a Single Repository for Investigation and Research
    • Would you like to obtain the MULTIPLE ADDRESSES of where an offender may be living?� OBTS can provide this information.
    • Would you like to obtain the MULTIPLE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS that an offender may be using?� OBTS can provide this information also.
    • How about ALIAS NAMES of an offender?� Or maybe it would be helpful to get any information on SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS.� OBTS can provide!
    • If you need criminal data on ADULT offenders IN CONNECTICUT – in a SINGLE REPOSITORY – OBTS is your tool for “one stop shopping”!� For the FIRST time, agencies have the capability, with just ONE inquiry, to look at complete offender information from arrest through incarceration and release.

FYI: Definition of an “Offender”

  • Anyone who is arrested, adjudicated IN CT, or supervised here.� This includes persons arrested elsewhere and transferred here for supervision by DOC, Probation, or Parole.� It does not include any Family Services data from Judicial’s CMIS (Case Management Information System).

FYI FOR INSTRUCTOR:

Question: What if an inmate is transferred from CT to another state and then back to CT – would we see that in OBTS?

Answer: Yes

  • Another unique feature of OBTS is that you can access the data you need in NEAR REAL TIME!
    • Example: An inmate is being “booked” into a DOC facility; not only is the inmate’s information stored in the DOC system, it is copied over to OBTS when the “Enter” key is hit! – And the information is available to you within minutes!

OBTS Success Stories

  • OBTS has many SUCCESS STORIES.� I’d like to share four of them with you:
    • March-June 2007: OBTS started providing the PERU Unit of DMV with the ability to do background checks for individuals requesting endorsements to their CT Licenses.� This was provided through online OBTS and a batch interface that was developed to scan the entire population of individuals having endorsements (~60K) on a monthly basis for any arrest or conviction activity across a defined set of State Statues.

(PERU – Passenger Endorsement Registration Unit)

    • May 2007: OBTS provided data for the 2004 calendar year to fulfill a request from the General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research.� The Office wanted to know what percentage of violent crime arrests were for persons who had a previous felony conviction?� In other words, what percentage of people arrested for murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery were previously convicted of either murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery , OR burglary, larceny, motor vehicle offenses, arson, or any other felony?�
    • August 2007: OBTS was able to provide underage drinking arrest counts for May and June of 2006 and 2007 to the State Police Crimes Analysis Unit, Department of Public Safety.
    • May-August 2008: The DMV PERU Unit interface was converted to using Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) under the Federal National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Program.� These IEPDs were published in the National Information Exchange Model IEPD Clearinghouse.

Always Remember:

NO ACTION SHOULD EVER BE TAKEN WITHOUT FIRST VERIFYING THE INFORMATION WITH THE SYSTEM OF RECORD.



WHO USES OBTS?

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TELL:

Who uses OBTS?� The main customers of OBTS can be categorized into three governmental levels:

Local Level

State Level

Federal Level

At the local level, municipalities are using OBTS – we have approximately 1,300 law enforcement users.

At the state level, the Executive Branch has almost 1,100 users – mostly DMV, DOC, and the Division of Criminal Justice.

The Judicial Branch has about 600 OBTS users – mostly working in Adult Probation and the Bail Commission.

And at the federal level, there are approximately 84 Federal Branch users – including the US Attorney, the FBI, US Probation, the Secret Service, and Homeland Security.

The Legislative Branch, mostly the Capital Police and Law Enforcement, has about 22 OBTS users.

WHAT IS OBTS CURRENTLY USED FOR?

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TELL:

Currently, OBTS can be used for anything and everything. To get a better sense of what I mean, turn to your HANDOUTS ON PAGE 3 to see a list of examples concerning how OBTS can be used:

You can use data supplied by the Judicial Branch to:

  • Obtain past and present court history data
  • Research address history to locate offenders
  • Gather data for pre-sentence investigations
  • Uncover other data pertinent to offenders
  • Validate data found in other systems
  • Determine pending cases, disposed cases, post-judgment activity

You can use data supplied by state, local, and other law enforcement agencies to:

  • Prepare prosecution cases against offenders
  • Research bond history data
  • Obtain data not found in criminal history files
  • View court continuances, DOC locations, outstanding re-arrests
  • Assist with investigations:
    • Determine multiple aliases, date of births, SSN’s, and addresses
    • Get information for booking, pre-sentence investigations, parole hearing and other background reports
    • Prepare prosecution and public defender defense information
    • Get data on bail decisions and recommendations
  • DMV uses OBTS for background checks for public passenger transportation permits

WHAT KIND OF DATA CAN I EXPECT TO FIND?

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TELL:

Some examples of the specific kinds of information you can expect to find in OBTS are listed on this slide.� Remember, OBTS contains offender data for adults – and only for the State of Connecticut.� OBTS does not reach out to other states for offender data; but will contain data pertaining to cases adjudicated in another state when transferred here to Connecticut.� The goal is to develop a data warehouse that includes another 25 systems (this is being worked on now).

    • Under Offender Classifications, you might see:
      • A “Y” for Yes listed for the corresponding item that applies – whether a Felony, a Misdemeanor, or whatever
      • And you might see a “Y” for Fingerprint supported.
    • Under Case Status, you might see:
      • Court case transferred to another court
      • Disposed Guilty
      • Not Guilty by reason of insanity
      • Pending or
      • Extradition
    • Profiles information on offenders contains such information as:
      • Name
      • Alias
      • Primary
      • DOB (Date of Birth)
      • Identified like social security number or driver’s license number
      • Home address, etc.
    • You will also find court criminal histories, arrest data, and information regarding probation and parole.
    • Offender Status is currently being remediated and should be displayed in production by the third quarter of 2010.� Page 4 of your HANDOUTS lists Offender Status Values for each Category.
  • Categories for Offender Status include:
      • General Category: Accidental death, Deceased offender, Suicide
      • Parole Category: Parole granted, On parole, Absconded
      • Want Category: Re-arrest order not signed, Outstanding warrants, Re-arrest issued
      • Judicial Supervision Category: Released on promise to appear,� Community Court Program, Released on cash bond, Alcohol Education Program
      • DOC Supervision Category: Conditional release, Escape returned, Consignment to another Jurisdiction, with new sentence


WHAT KIND OF DATA IS NOT FOUND?

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TELL:

Data that is not included in OBTS:

Until you become more familiar with OBTS, you can use the list on this slide to identify the major data sources that are NOT found in the Offender Based Tracking System:

  • OBTS does not go to the National Crime Information Center associated with the FBI – or the NCIC.
  • Nor does OBTS get data from the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System – known as NLETS.
  • OBTS does not include COLLECT data (but planned for down the road)
  • There is no old format rap sheet data….and no manual files from the Master Name Index – MNI; and Computerized Criminal History –CCH
  • Also, centralized infractions bureau historical data, historical data from the Protective Order Registry (or POR), and information from the Paperless Re-Arrest Warrant Network (or PRAWN) is not included in OBTS.
    • Note: POR and PRAWN are connected to OBTS but historical data has not been loaded.

NOTE:

For the instructor’s information, the NEXT PAGE contains background information regarding the COLLECT System.


FOR INSTRUCTOR’S INFORMATION:

  • The COLLECT system is the statewide criminal justice system that is dedicated to the law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in the State of Connecticut.
    • Access to COLLECT is granted only to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
    • The COLLECT system services over 180 local, state and federal agencies.
    • There are over 15,000 certified COLLECT system users within the law enforcement /criminal justice community.
    • The COLLECT system provides access to in- state COLLECT files and access to two national systems: the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the International Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing Network (NLETS).
      • NCIC stores criminal justice data for the entire country and Canada.
      • NLETS provides the communications lines to individual states and Canada.
        • Using NLETS, users can obtain motor vehicle data and criminal history data from states across the country and Canada.
        • NLETS also allows states to send text messages to one or more states at a time or to send a nationwide broadcast.


PLANNED FUTURE USES OF OBTS

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“Coming Attractions” for OBTS

This slide contains a list of FUTURE DATA that the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) Governing Board is planning to incorporate into OBTS, at some point in the future.

  • Inclusion of No Contact Orders is being planned
  • Foreign Orders (Out of State Protection Orders) may also be included at some point?
  • Inclusion of Photo/Mug-Shot data and DNA information is a planned future enhancement
  • Sex Offender Registry (SOR) and Case Notes (Board of Pardons and Parole) are in use, but not currently interfaced with OBTS.�
  • The interface to receive Probation and Bail information from CMIS (Case Management Information System) is a planned future interface and not in production today.
  • And finally, the new Sentence and Time Calculation System from DOC – is currently being tested.


PLANNED FUTURE USES FOR OBTS

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Planned future uses for the OBTS, that do not exist now, include:

  • Providing a mechanism (notification) to inform appropriate authorized agencies of the occurrence of significant criminal justice “events”
  • Providing a mechanism to exchange information between existing criminal justice information systems
  • Enabling future criminal justice information initiatives to integrate with existing CJIS systems

NOTES:

OBTS has the ability to send Notification today but unfortunately the Source Systems do not have anything in place to receive and process the notification.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 3: How OBTS Collects Data

SECTION 3

TELL:

Make a verbal transition

The next topic on our agenda is “How OBTS Collects Data”.

Knowing HOW the Offender Based Tracking System collects data will HELP you in using the system.� As you will learn, you may see conflicting pieces of information. This is because more than one legacy source system is supplying the same data. Knowing WHO is contributing WHAT will help you when you need to verify data.�

So let’s take a few minutes to get the BIG PICTURE on how OBTS gets its information.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 3: How OBTS Collects Data

SECTION 3: HOW OBTS COLLECTS DATA

Time Frames

20 minutes

PPT presentation / Interactive Lecture

20� minutes

Matching Exercise (Review Activity of Sections 2 & 3)

Section 3: Content Overview

Page

OBTS System Design Diagram

33

What is CJIS Business Event?

35

Judicial Computer Systems and Business Events – Yellow Boxes

36

DPS Computer Systems and Business Events – Blue Boxes

40

DOC Computer Systems and Business Events – Tan Boxes

43

Who Provides What? Chart

45

Your Responsibilities for Ensuring Data Integrity

47

Review Activity

49


OBTS SYSTEM DESIGN DIAGRAM

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On PAGE 5 IN YOUR HANDOUTS, there’s a screen shot of this diagram.� It is a diagram of the OBTS system design and it consists of three major parts or components:

  1. The FIRST component is the COLORED BOXES; they represent the three legacy source systems (the Judicial Branch, Public Safety and DOC systems) that feed into OBTS.� The Offender Based Tracking System sits “on top” of all these source systems.� OBTS is “fed” when a “business event” or “message” prompts the sharing of data with OBTS.� What exactly is meant by a business event? We’ll talk about that in just a moment.
  1. The SECOND component is the RED CYLINDERS at the bottom of the screen.� They represent where all the data for OBTS resides.�
  • The Offender Repository: is where all those 3 million rows of information available for inquiry and reporting are kept.
  • The MetaData Repository (far right side): is where all the business rules pertaining to a criminal justice business event are stored and used in conjunction with the Offender Repository.�
  • The Reporting Repository: handles all users’ inquires or queries.� (Note: In the future, we hope to be able to support ad-hoc inquiries as well.)
  1. The THIRD component is the RED, YELLOW, AND CLEAR ARROWS.� They represent the Notification Capabilities of the system.
  • The Red Arrows represent existing interfaces that have the capability of sending notifications back to data source systems.
  • The Yellow Arrow represents Interfaces that are currently being tested with DOC (and will receive Notifications back)
    • Examples of Notifications:
      • Business Notification = an inmate has escaped
      • Error Notification = an offender that is linked to multiple SID #’s or 2 inmate #’s
      • Process Notification = an Appeal was filed on a case where DOC was supervising an inmate.
  • The Clear Arrows represent future notification capability; currently, there are no existing interfaces.

FYI: (Unused Capability)

  • OBTS has the capability to send a Notification to the Legacy Source Systems – but, unfortunately, nothing is in place to receive and process that notification.� An example of such a notification would be a release on bail.


WHAT IS A CJIS BUSINESS EVENT?

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TELL:

We’ve already referred to a “business event”, so let’s define what is meant by that term.

  • A business event or message is a PREDEFINED PROCESS.� Right now, we have 61 predefined processes; Event 1, for example, is a UAR – Uniform Arrest Record, which is generated by the Judicial System (Criminal Motor Vehicle System – or CRMVS).
  • In your HANDOUTS, you will find a LIST OF EVENTS on PAGES 6 & 7 (and in the Glossary) – all 61 events are listed.�

About Business Events:

  • The OBTS processes about 30,000 events per day.� We have over 3 million rows of Offender information in the OBTS database.
  • One of the strengths of the OBTS is its ability to capture and store historical data and consolidate offender information.� The OBTS takes criminal justice business events and associated data and creates offender profiles, including court criminal histories, which are based upon fingerprint identification of offenders.� Profiles also include information on incarcerations, protection orders, re-arrests, sex offender registrations, probation and parole information.� Remember that you will have access to Connecticut data only.


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

As I mentioned before, the COLORED BOXES represent the three legacy source systems that feed into OBTS.� The YELLOW boxes represent JUDICIAL BRANCH systems.� The BLUE boxes represent PUBLIC SAFETY systems.� And the TAN boxes represent DOC systems.

I am going to very briefly describe the computer systems and the business events for each of the legacy source systems, beginning with the JUDICIAL BRANCH, represented by the YELLOW boxes.

There are five computer systems in the JUDICIAL BRANCH that trigger a BUSINESS EVENT for OBTS:

  1. The first system is CRMVS or Criminal Motor Vehicle System.� All court case data comes to OBTS from CRMVS.
    1. An infraction which is being contested, for which an offender pleads not guilty, is transferred to CRMVS and into OBTS.
    2. CRMVS provides data for all criminal and motor vehicle (non-infraction) cases adjudicated in Geographical Districts (GA) and JD – or Judicial District Court.
  1. The POR system, which stands for Protection Order Registry, sends certain Protection Orders to OBTS.� These include Protective, Standing Criminal Restraining Orders.

For Instructor’s Information: Protection Order Registry (POR)

The Judicial Branch’s Protection Order Registry (POR) is an integrated database and notification system for orders of individual protection issued or registered with state authorities. The POR was created in 2002 in response to a number of federal and state requirements, guidelines, and expectations concerning the enforcement of domestic violence protection orders. The Registry is now mandated under Connecticut General Statutes Section 51-5c, and it performs several other statutory functions. Generally, when a protection order is entered in POR, the information is transmitted automatically to the following external agencies or information systems: 1.) The state and national protection order files (COLLECT and NCIC), 2.) The state's database of registered firearms and firearms permit holders, and 3.) In criminal matters only, the state's Offender-Based Tracking System (OBTS).

  1. PRAWN, or Paperless Re-Arrest Warrant Network, also supplies data to OBTS.

For Instructor’s Information: Paperless Re-Arrest Warrant Network (PRAWN)

The Judicial Branch's Paperless Rearrest Warrant Network (PRAWN) was implemented in 2002 after Public Act 00-209 authorized the entry of warrants for Failure to Appear into a central computer system. The system is now utilized by more than 140 local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies; and recent statistics illustrate that more warrants are being served as a result.

There are two distinct components to PRAWN; the INQUIRY component and the CUSTODIAL PROCESSING component.� The inquiry component enables criminal justice officials to ascertain whether a subject has an outstanding rearrest warrant. When a rearrest warrant is issued, specific data is entered into the Criminal Motor Vehicle System (CRMVS). This data is instantly transmitted to PRAWN and therefore, available to criminal justice agencies throughout the state; either through direct inquires in PRAWN or through more general inquires in the state's police Connecticut Online Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing System (COLLECT) and the Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS).� Whenever any active warrant is located in PRAWN, any authorized law enforcement agency can use the system's custodial processing component to serve the warrant. In the coming months, PRAWN will be reprogrammed to include other types of judicial custody orders including warrants for Violation of Probation and outstanding judgment mittimuses for offenders who fail to satisfy their sentences.

  1. CIB: stands for the Centralized Infractions Bureau.� This system provides other case data to OBTS, which are the criminal infractions that can be paid without a court appearance.
  1. Finally the CMIS, or Case Management Information System, tracks bail and probation data.� You should know that this is a FUTURE interface and not currently providing data to OBTS.


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

Some EXAMPLES of JUDICIAL BRANCH BUSINESS EVENTS include:

  1. Uniform Arrest Record (UAR) – Event #1
    • Arrest data is not made available to OBTS until it is entered into Judicial systems.� Uniform Arrest Record (UAR) data and other information is captured by the DPS Live Scan process and provided to OBTS via the Court Criminal Justice system (and CRMVS - Criminal Motor Vehicle System).
  2. Misdemeanor/MV Summons and Complaint (MSC) Arrest
    • CRMVS also captures when a Misdemeanor Summons and Complaint (MSC) ticket is issued.
  3. Complaint Ticket Arrest
    • Judicial’s Centralized Infractions Bureau (CIB) system captures when an infractions ticket is issued.
  4. Charging, Continuance, Re-Arrest, Disposition
  5. Protective, Standing Criminal Restraining, and No Contact Orders
  6. Centralized Infractions Bureau Case Disposition
  7. Superior Court Bail Decision
    • When a judge orders bond and/or bail supervision conditions
  8. CSSD (Court Support Services Division) Client Information
    • When a new client is entered into the Judicial CMIS (Case Management Information System) system, or a client is deleted or 2 clients are merged
  1. CSSD (Court Support Services Division) Bail Supervision Cases
    • Association of a Court Support Services Division (CSSD) client with bail supervision CMIS cases and court cases
  2. CSSD Probation Supervision
    • Setting/changing of probation supervision conditions
  3. CSSD Bail Supervision
    • Setting/changing a bail supervision conditions
  4. CSSD Probation Supervision Cases
    • Association of a CSSD client with probation CMIS cases and court cases
  5. Adult Probation and Bail commission Community Supervision
  6. Erasure

Background Information

Scope of Criminal Justice Data – Information for Court Cases containing:

  • Felony charges
  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Criminal (Non-Motor Vehicle/Non-Title 14) Violations
  • Criminal (Non-Motor Vehicle/Non-Title 14) Infractions
  • Motor Vehicle Offenses for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed (Misdemeanors)
    • A key is that MV charges for which imprisonment may be imposed (e.g. don’t have speeding tickets but have DUI). These are typically categorized as misdemeanors.

Examples of criminal infractions:

  • Dog roaming
  • Simple trespass
  • Failure to appear for jury duty


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

There is one computer system in the Department of PUBLIC SAFETY that triggers criminal justice business events for OBTS and that is the State Police Bureau of Identification, or SPBI.� In our diagram, SPBI is represented by the LIGHT BLUE boxes.

Any offender who has been arrested and fingerprinted is assigned a State ID (or SID) number.� A SPBI Identification number and a SID number are SYNONYMOUS in OBTS.

On the Offender Status screen, you will be able to tell if an offender has been fingerprinted because he/she will have a SID or SPBI number.� This number is considered a TRUSTED IDENTIFIER in OBTS and is used to determine, in a list of multiple offenders, if several offenders listed are, in actuality, the same individual.


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

Some EXAMPLES of DPS BUSINESS EVENTS include:

  • Pardons������������� (Event #34)
  • SPBI #������������� (Event #2)
  • Death������������� ������������� (Event #43)

Scope of Criminal Justice Data – Offender Information for:

  • Fingerprinted offenders
  • Non-fingerprinted offenders
  • Children or Youth who are Adjudicated as Adults
    as defined by Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) �46b-127,
    �46b-120(2), �54-76b, and �54-76d

NOTES:

The Event 34 Pardon is sent from MNI/CCH and also CRMVS.� Event 2 is only sent by MNI/CCH. Event 43 can be sent from both MNI/CCH and OBIS.


Juveniles who are being adjudicated as adults are also part of OBTS:

  • No information on juveniles who are detained and/or processed through Juvenile Court is sent to OBTS.
  • Cases can start out in Juvenile Court; a determination can be made that the offender will be treated as an adult.� If so, the offender is transferred to Adult Court.� (Note: The DOCKET NUMBER will help you determine if there has been a transfer.)
  • Adult Court has ten days to accept or reject the case.
  • The offender and case information is sealed until the Adult Court accepts the case and the offender is adjudicated as an adult.
  • If the case is transferred back to Juvenile court, the information remains sealed in the OBTS.�

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

In OBTS, your role (or roles) that you are assigned at the time of your application will determine what you see.�

NOTES:


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

Referring one more time to our OBTS system design diagram, we can see that DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION computer systems are represented by the TAN boxes.

There are two computer systems in the DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION that trigger criminal justice business events for OBTS – OBIS and STC.

  • OBIS – stands for the Offender Based Information System; and
  • STC stands for Sentence and Time Calculation System.� This system is new and is CURRENTLY being tested; which means that it is not in place at this time.


HOW DOES THE OBTS COLLECT DATA?

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TELL:

Some EXAMPLES of DOC criminal justice business events include:

  1. Pre-Trail, Post-Conviction Incarceration
  2. DOC Release, DOC Community Supervision
  3. DOC Offender Transfer, Escape
  4. Extradition, Death


WHO PROVIDES WHAT? CHART

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  1. This is a chart that identifies which source systems provide which data.� Referring to this “Who Provides What?” Chart, on this screen or in your HANDOUTS ON PAGE 8, can you tell me who provides data regarding names and dates of birth?
    • Answer: Judicial Branch, DOC, and DPS

FYI for Instructor:

Under “Offender”, 7th row, “Locations” -- Refers to where an offender is located if the individual is in jail.

TELL:

“New” Column

You will notice that the last column is entitled “New”.�

  • The New fields – Offender Status, Offender Classifications, and Case Status – are fields that do not exist in any other Criminal Justice System. They are derived in OBTS based on information that is provided by the various legacy source systems and business rules.
  • These fields provide general information concerning offenders and cases which is very beneficial for quick inquiries.
    • Case or Court status information is provided which goes beyond “pending” (which you may see in other systems).
  • The Offender Status and Offender Classification information is displayed on the first screen that you see for a specific offender.

If You See Data that is Labeled ”Future”

  • The interface with CMIS (the Case Management Information System) and CSSD’s Court Management Information System is currently in development and will provide the probation and bail data.� Currently, this data is labeled “future” and there are no estimates regarding the availability of this data to OBTS.�


YOUR RESPONSIBLITIES IN ENSURING THE INTEGRITY

OF OBTS DATA

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  1. Enter and maintain the HIGHEST QUALITY of data in the Legacy Source

Systems:

  • Remember that this Data will eventually be available to over 15,000 authorized users.
  • In OBTS, the source system for all data is identified to the user.
  • Data Entry errors in the “Profile Information” may hinder the ability to recognize unique offenders (Notices regarding errors should be directed to the appropriate source agencies for possible resolution.)

2.� Enter data in the Legacy (Source) Systems in a TIMELY MANNER:

  • Other agencies depend upon the availability of the data.� Users of OBTS need up-to-date offender history, status, and case information; and need to depend on complete and accurate information – on a daily basis.

3.� Be AWARE of current known issues:

  • For instance, Week-end Furlough Information is not entered in OBTS.
  • Likewise, not all Case Dispositions are entered immediately after Court Decisions.
  • It is useful to know that OBTS has the capability of accepting business events in non-sequential or chronological order.� This means that the system may accept “event # 3” from an agency before it receives data on “events #’s 1 and 2”.� The data will be kept and eventually combined by OBTS.

REMEMBER:

  • The better the quality of data in the source systems, the better the quality of information available in OBTS – and the more useful, dependable, and reliable the system is.


REVIEW OF SECTIONS 2 & 3: MATCHING EXERCISE

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Display this slide.

2. Ask trainees to find a partner; preferably their neighbor.

3. DISTRIBUTE the Handout “Matching Exercise” (8 questions).

4. Allow enough time for every pair to finish.� Stress the collaborative aspect of this exercise – it’s okay to consult with others!�

    1. Note: There are more answers to choose from than questions to be answered.

5. Review the answers by using the slides in the PPT show.� Another option is to conduct a verbal review.

    1. If you are running short on time, choose the verbal review and, to speed things up even more, just call out the correct alphabet letters to each question rather than asking trainees for the answer before revealing it.

6. Find out how many teams got all the answers right.� Optional: Award a small prize, such as wrapped hard candies or chocolates.

7. Point out that answering in-class questions and paying attention to class activities will prepare trainees to take the Certification Test!


_____2. What is the information system which provides a repository of
������������� ���� offender, case, and arrest data from existing agency criminal
�������������� justice information systems?

_____3. Give 4 examples of data sources that are not included in OBTS.

_____4. Give an example of a criminal justice business event.

_____5. True or False?� OBTS identifies the source system of all data to the user.

_____6. True or False? OBTS contains information on juveniles who are
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_____7. When did OBTS go live?

_____8. This information is currently not included in OBTS but there are
������������� future plans to do so.

A.

Offender-Based Information System

(OBIS)

B.

No Contact Orders

Photo/Mug shot data

DNA information

C.

Uniform Arrest Record (UAR)

D.

True

E.

Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)

F.

NCIC

NLETS

COLLECT

SOR

G.

SID Number

H.

False

I.

July 2004

J.

Offender Repository

Reporting Repository

MetaData Repository

K.

DPS

DOC

Judicial Branch

L.

Offender-Based Tracking System (OBTS)


__K__1. From Which State Branches or Agencies does the OBTS receive
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__L__2. What is the information system which provides a repository of
������������� ���� offender, case, and arrest data from existing agency criminal
�������������� justice information systems?

__F__3. Give 4 examples of data sources that are not included in OBTS.

__C__4. Give an example of a criminal justice business event.

__D__5. True or False?� OBTS identifies the source system of all data to the user.

__H__6. True or False? OBTS contains information on juveniles who are
������������� ��� detained and/or processed through Juvenile Court.

__I__ 7. When did OBTS go live?

__B__8. This information is currently not included in OBTS but there are
������������� future plans to do so.

A.

Offender-Based Information System

(OBIS)

B.

No Contact Orders

Photo/Mug shot data

DNA information

C.

Uniform Arrest Record (UAR)

D.

True

E.

Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)

F.

NCIC

NLETS

COLLECT

SOR

G.

SID Number

H.

False

I.

July 2004

J.

Offender Repository

Reporting Repository

MetaData Repository

K.

DPS

DOC

Judicial Branch

L.

Offender-Based Tracking System (OBTS)


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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 4: Accessing and Disseminating OBTS Data

SECTION 4

TELL:

Make a verbal transition:

In this section, we’re going to focus on 3 main topics:

  1. Who is authorized to use the Offender Based Tracking System;
  2. Computer System Security; and the
  3. Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses of the OBTS

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 4: Accessing and Disseminating OBTS Data

SECTION 4: ACCESSING AND DISSEMINATING OBTS DATA

Time Frame

20 minutes

PPT presentation / Interactive Lecture

Section 4: Content Overview

Page

Who is Authorized to Use OBTS?

62

Computer System Security

64

Appropriate and Inappropriate Use of OBTS

72


WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO USE OBTS?

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TELL:

State Statute defines who can see what type of criminal justice data and for what purpose.

For your future reference, this slide contains the Statute citing as well as the URL.


WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO USE OBTS?

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Law Enforcement

  • An FYI: Legislative Management access is only for future statistical reporting – there is no “individual data” available to this area.

Judicial Branch

  • What’s listed are some examples of Judicial branch divisions.�


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OBTS and Security Levels

In OBTS, your CJIS role determines what you can see and access.

Currently, there are approximately 150 roles – police officer, detective, judicial clerk, etc.� These 150 roles, as I’ve said, are Statute-driven.�

If you want to see a list of all the job roles, you can go to the CJIS Portal, where you can identify all the CJIS Approvers and associated roles.� In addition, all CJIS roles are included as part of the CUAR Form.

Roles are determined at the time of your application. (Changing roles is accomplished at the agency level and through the CJIS Governing Board.)

Roles are assigned the rights to view certain OBTS “Case Types”.

To determine Case Type, OBTS takes each case and classifies the offender associated with the case.� For example – one offender could be a case under Continuance, which is Category A; a Pardoned Case, which is Category B, or a Sealed Juvenile Case, which is Category F.� As an OBTS user, you may be able to see one, two, or all three.

To summarize: OBTS associates your security level to the types of cases to determine what view of the data you are authorized to see – depending on your role or roles.


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This table represents a high-level view of “who can see what”

Included in your HANDOUTS ON PAGE 9 is this “Who Can See What” Chart that indicates security levels by role and agency.

On the left, job roles are arranged by Agency.� There are further breakdowns of roles within each agency.� For example, within local law enforcement, dispatcher, records clerk, detective, etc. have associated roles and security levels.

Choosing an agency and role and reading across the chart --� “Yes” identifies which categories can be seen; and “No” identifies which categories cannot be seen.

In OBTS, data is organized and arranged in Tabs.� If you have a role that denies you access to certain data, those particular “tabs” in OBTS will be grayed-out.

Who determines who can see what?� Again, state statute determines access by 150 defined roles.

ASK:

Looking at this chart, which Agencies can see Category F (Sealed Juvenile cases) data?

  • Answer: CSSD; Superior Court Operations; Division of Criminal Justice Services

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The OBTS Case Types

This slide provides you with a listing of all the different OBTS Case Types.� A copy of it can be found in your HANDOUTS ON PAGE 10.

A Word of Explanation about some of the Case Types:

  • Category A (Not Currently Distinguishable)
    • If the prosecutor requests a continuance and there is no activity for 13 months, the charges can be nolled and is eligible for erasure.� OBTS does not know who requested a continuance, so these cases are categorized as a subset of Pre-finding Cases – Category G.�
  • Case Data conditions determine Case Types
    • Categories C (Post-finding) and H (Pre-finding) – also include School Violence programs.
    • To illustrate – Category E (Post-finding convicted cases) must have a disposition date and at least one charge that has a guilty or guilty conditional verdict/finding.
  • Category F (Sealed Juvenile Transfer Cases) are those cases that have been transferred from the juvenile court and the Superior Court (adult) has not yet accepted them.

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Seeing and accessing OBTS data is one thing – an even more important consideration is how the data is disseminated or used.

Information Technology (IT) personnel can see and do everything in OBTS – but only because they need to technically maintain the OBTS and its information.

    • For DPS trainees: Due to the need to maintain OBTS and keep it running, DOIT sees all the data.
    • For Judicial branch trainees: The Judicial area overseeing technology sees all the data.�

IT staff are not allowed to go in and execute queries or obtain data, just because they have access to it.

  • Here’s an example: Let’s say I work in the IT Unit.� I finish my shift and go to Happy Hour.� There, I try to impress someone by divulging criminal data on a well-known person living in CT.� This, of course, is a “no-no” – and I use this story as an example of the distinction between having access to data and actually using or disseminating it.�

Freedom of Information Act

Any data in the OBTS from an information system of a criminal justice agency that is available to the public under the provision of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shall be obtained from the agency from which the data originated – and not from the OBTS.

Audit Trails

One of the security protocols that have been put into place concerning OTBS are audits.� Every user of OBTS is audited and in just a little while – we’ll be discussing audit trails.

For instructor’s information:

State statute grants DOIT access to OBTS:

“Any data in the OBTS shall be available to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Information Technology (DOIT) and the Executive Director of a Division or Unit of the Judicial Branch that oversee information technology or to such persons’ designees for the purposes of maintaining and administrating the OBTS.”

Legislation Gives CJIS Governing Board Authority to Establish Standards and Procedures

Legislation that was passed in 2005 – Section 54-142q – further defines the use and dissemination of OBTS data – giving the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) governing board authority to establish standards and procedures to assure the inter-operability of the system and appropriate controls for data access and security.


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Use of OBTS on COLLECT-Certified Workstations

If you access OBTS on a COLLECT workstation, usage and dissemination of criminal justice data must be in accordance with existing COLLECT policies.

Use of OBTS on COLLECT-Certified Workstations

Unless your agency is in compliance with the CJIS Security Recommendations, your use of OBTS is assumed to be from a non-COLLECT workstation.

Your agency must have a Certification Compliance Form signed by the CJIS Support Group specific to your location in order to use the OBTS from a non-COLLECT workstation.

  • Currently, only the Judicial Branch, the Office of the Chief Public Defender and the East Hartford Police Dept. are the only agencies authorized to use OBTS from a non-COLLECT certified workstation.� (East Hartford has both certified and non-certified terminals.)

To obtain a signed Certification Compliance Form from the CJIS Support Group, complete the following process:

  1. Complete a CJIS-2 Security Compliance Assessment Form
  2. Submit the CJIS-2 Form to the CJIS Support Group for approval
  3. After approval, complete a CJIS-3 Security Compliance Certification From
  4. Submit the CJIS-3 Form to the CJIS Support Group for approval

CJIS-2 and CJIS-3 Forms:

See the CJIS Portal (www.cjis.ct.gov) for the CJIS-2 and CJIS-3 Forms and instructions.

For your information:

CJIS Security Recommendations can be found on the OPM website under Criminal Justice Information Systems; then select Security.

From www.cjis.ct.gov, select OBTS and then Security.


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Having access to OBTS data means you need to be aware of what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate use of the system.� So let’s focus for a moment on what you CAN and CANNOT do as a certified user of OBTS.

TELL:

There are 3 rules you must abide by:

  1. Use OBTS for criminal justice and/or law enforcement purposes only;
  2. Use OBTS only for the performance of your job duties;
  3. And use OBTS in accordance with your agency’s existing policies.

These rules are nothing new – you all have existing policies that govern access to and dissemination of data and those policies continue to apply to this new source of information as well.

Keep in mind that this applies to PRINTING too – materials must be maintained confidentially or shredded according to your agency’s policies.


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The prohibitions on this Slide are pretty straight-forward; but OBTS users should be familiar with these Statutes:

  • For DPS: Section 29-11 through 29-16
  • For the Judicial Branch: Sections 53 and 54

This slide conveys the “broad view”

The examples listed on this slide are not inclusive and are meant to convey the “broad view” so that you will be on the alert to inappropriate dissemination of OBTS data.� If, for any reason, you are unsure about whether or not it is appropriate to provide OBTS information, consult your supervisor.

Here’s an example of a typical situation when you have to ask yourself what’s appropriate:

Let’s say your daughter plays softball and there is a new coach.� Someone approaches you and asks you to check out the coach because “you work with criminal justice data”. They want to make sure there’s no record of sexual offenses.�

ASK: Should you conduct a criminal background check on behalf of this volunteer sports organization?

  • Answer: No, these types of checks should not be done.
  • When confronted with these types of questions, you can point out sources that are accessible by the general public – in this case, the Sex Offender Registry. In other cases, a more appropriate source may be the daily newspaper.

Pertinent Questions that have been asked in Class:

Q: Are OBTS inquiries tracked?
A: Yes, there are audit trails.

Q: If an OBTS user is suspended from using COLLECT, is the individual also suspended from using OBTS?
A: No, but we should be notified so that we may revoke the user’s OBTS password.


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Note to the Instructor:

USE THIS SLIDE AND THE NEXT 2 SLIDES to present scenario examples of inappropriate uses of OBTS.

SAY:

Let’s consider a few more scenarios.� These are all real-life examples.

READ:

An individual was making criminal history information inquiries on behalf of a private investigator and charging for the inquiries.

ASK:

What do you think happened?

  1. Nothing.
  2. The individual was counseled.
  3. The individual’s OBTS access was terminated.
  4. The individual was terminated and criminally prosecuted.

CLICK:

CLICK the mouse to reveal the fly-in answer (#4).


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An individual ran a criminal history check and used the results to intimidate, threaten, and harass another person.� The person who was harassed reported the individual to the police.

ASK:

What do you think happened?

  1. Nothing.
  2. The individual was counseled.
  3. The individual had to apologize and promise to never do it again.
  4. The individual was terminated, arrested, and criminally prosecuted.

CLICK:

CLICK the mouse to reveal the fly-in answer (#4).


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An individual ran a criminal history check on their step-child; the intent was to help the child and there was no real victim.

ASK:

What do you think happened?

  1. Nothing.
  2. The individual was counseled.
  3. The individual’s OBTS access was terminated.
  4. The individual was verbally reprimanded and a letter placed in their employment file.

CLICK:

CLICK the mouse to reveal the fly-in answer (#4).


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The three scenarios we just considered are all true stories about OBTS users here in Connecticut and they were all caught by using OBTS Audit trails – or INQUIRY LOGS.

OBTS Security Protocol and Audit Trails

Based on your login ID, OBTS keeps track of what you do and tracks your activity by using Inquiry Logs.� As computer users, you know this is nothing new.

Each time you log-in to OBTS, the following information is captured and maintained in an Inquiry Log:

  1. The Date/Time an inquiry request is submitted
  2. The Search Reason and the Requestor Name (if entered)
  3. The Search Criteria for the inquiry, including any Identifiers

The Inquiry Log information is archived indefinitely.

The Inquiry Logs are reviewed on a regular basis by the CJIS Support Group

  • The CJIS Support Group will respond to any management requests to review Logs or specific requests to identify who, when, and what information was requested in the OBTS.

Taking Care of Your User ID

You are accountable for queries made with your User ID, so:

  • Do NOT share your User ID or your password and
  • Be sure to LOG-OFF before leaving your computer.


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A Heads-Up – There are Proposed Sanctions for Misuse

There are proposed sanctions for the misuse of OBTS information that are pending approval by the CJIS Policy Committee and Governing Board. For your information, this slide lists the sanctions for first, second, and third offenses.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

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If trainees have terminals

If trainees do not have terminals

I am going to get into the system now and demonstrate, while you watch, a few basics about how to use OBTS, including logging in & how to navigate.

Then I will help you all log-in to the system yourselves – with your User ID and Passwords.� Please be sure I have your signed OBTS Certification Form before you log in.

After we’re all logged in, you will have some hands-on practice time to use OBTS by following the instructions on your Worksheets and filling in the answers.� Feel free to work with your partner from our previous Matching Exercise; or to confer with anyone in the room, including me!

When we’re done, we’ll review the answers.

I am going to get into the system now and demonstrate, while you watch, a few basics about how to use OBTS, including logging in & how to navigate.

Then I’ll distribute some Worksheets and we’ll work through them together by: [Select an option:]

  1. …Letting you, as a class-at-large, give me verbal instructions for continuing the demo.
  2. …Taking turns, individually, giving me verbal instructions for continuing the demo.� If you get stuck, you may call on anyone in the room for help.
  3. …Letting you take turns “driving the mouse” as we continue the demo.

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SECTION 5: HOW TO USE OBTS

Time Frames

20 minutes

Live Demonstration of OBTS by Instructor (Trainees are not logged on)

Trainees complete OBTS Certification Form/POST Credit Forms

15 minutes

Break

60 minutes

Distribute Usernames / Passwords

Worksheets (Hands-on activity for trainees)

Section 5: Content Overview

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Live OBTS Demonstration by the Instructor

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High Level Outline for Instructor Demonstration

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Script for Instructor Demonstration

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How to Use the OBTS (Includes Worksheets)

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

LIVE DEMO BY THE INSTRUCTOR

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SHOW AND TELL:

Live Demonstration by the Instructor

Leave your PPT presentation at this point and use the INTERNET to log-in to OBTS.

Notes to the Instructor:

  • This demonstration is intended to provide trainees with just enough information to get them started – using their Worksheets, trainees will discover the rest of what they need to know on their own – so don’t give too much away!

Next Pages:

  • Pages 82 – 84: High Level (Talking) Outline for Instructor Demo
  • Pages 85 – 90: (Detailed) Script for Instructor Demo

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HIGH LEVEL OUTLINE FOR INSTRUCTOR DEMO

1. Go to the CJIS Portal

  • On left-hand side of screen, click on “OBTS”.
  • In Login Box (top right-hand side of screen), double click on “OBTS”.

2. Log-on to OBTS

  • Enter your Username and Password.
  • Usernames: Last name and first initial with no spaces.
  • Passwords: Not case sensitive.
  • Explain the Log-on screen is where you can Change your Password.
  • Recommended: Change your Password every 90 days (OBTS will not remind you) and do not re-use your password for at least 10 changes.

3. The OBTS Main Screen

  • Point out the options on the Main Menu.� Mention there is also a Logoff link at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Explain that the Main Menu is also at the top of every screen.

4. Setting Your Preferences

From the Main Menu, click on “Preferences” link and provide a verbal tour/explanation of the entire “User Preferences” screen:

  • Search Type
    • Show the drop-down menu: it gives you 3 ways to search (Name Search, CT Agency ID, and Other ID).
  • Name Search Type (First way to search)
    • Display the drop-down menu and briefly explain the 2 different types of Name Searches – Exact and Smart Name.

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  • Agency ID Search Type (Second way to search)
    • Display the drop-down menu and explain when to use this type of search.
    • Note that a CMIS Client ID number is a planned future interface.
  • Other Search Type (Third way to search)
    • Display the drop-down menu and explain when to use this type of search.
  • Maximum rows displayed per page
    • Explain that for training purposes, trainees should set this preference for 10 rows of data per page.
  • Maximum results to return for search
    • Explain that for training purposes, trainees should set this preference for 50 results per search.
  • Characteristics.
  • Save/Cancel Buttons.
  • Navigating in OBTS: Don’t hit the Back Button – ever!
    • Explain why OBTS does not support hitting the Back, Forward, and Refresh buttons.

5. Conduct a Demo of an “Other ID” Search

  • From the Main Menu, click on “Other Search”.
  • Identify the 3 pieces of mandatory information required for every search in OBTS:
      • Search Reason/Case Number;
      • Search Type; and
      • Last Name/Alias/Moniker for Name; or Identifier Number for a CT or Non-CT ID.
  • Search Reason (required): “Regular Review”
  • Case Number (required): “Training Demo”
  • The Requestor ID Field: Explain this is an optional field and when it should be used.� For training purposes, instruct trainees to leave this field blank.
  • Search Type (required): Select the SSN radio button.
  • Identifier Number (required): Enter: “048-52-8398” (dashes are optional).
  • Max results to return: Should be set to 50
  • Hit the Submit Button.� The Search results will display the Classifications/Statuses Tab for Lawrence Francis Schwartz.
  • Explain that when search results yield only one offender, the Classifications/Statutes Tab is displayed.

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  • Explain: how to tell which Tab you are on; yellow tabs and gray tabs.
  • (Besides Main Menu links at the top of each screen and using Folder Tabs), Demonstrate the two remaining ways to navigate in OBTS:
    • Click on Matching Offenders List; explain this link can be found at the top and bottom of each screen.
    • On the Matching Offenders List screen, click on the 1 hyperlink (by the offender’s name) to demonstrate how to use underlined, blue font hyperlinks.� (This takes you back to the Classifications/Statuses Tab.)
  • On the Classifications/Statuses Tab – ask trainees to identify the data source.� (Answer: PRAWN; upper right hand corner of the screen).� Explain that OBTS will always identify data sources.

END of Demo;


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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

SCRIPT FOR INSTRUCTOR DEMO

1. Go to the CJIS Portal

Using my browser, I am going to type in the following URL to get to the CJIS Portal page: http://www.cjis.ct.gov

Everyone logs into OBTS from the CJIS Portal page, which is the single entrance point to all criminal justice applications.�

On the left-hand side of the screen, I am going to click on “OBTS”

This will bring me to the log-in screen.� I am going to double click on “OBTS” in the Login Box at the top right-hand side of the screen.

2. Log on to OBTIS

On the OBTS log-on screen, I can enter my username and password.

Usernames are last name and first initial with no spaces; and passwords are not case sensitive. In my case, I have a password that I use as an instructor.

Before I leave this screen, I want to point out to you that this is the screen where you can change your password.� OBTS will not prompt you, but it’s recommended that you change your password every 90 days; and that you not re-use your password for at least 10 changes.

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

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3. The OBTS Main Screen

Starting at the left and proceeding to the right, the OBTS Main Screen has links for the following:

Name Search, Agency ID Search, Other Search, About, Help, and Preferences.

Note that there is also a logoff link (at the bottom right of the screen).

You will notice, as we view each screen in OBTS, that these same Main Menu options are always at the top.

I am going to show you just enough to get you started in using OBTS on your own, beginning with “Preferences”.

4. Setting Your Preferences

Clicking on the “Preferences” link from the Main Menu brings me to this screen.

In OBTS, you can change your default preferences, which determine the criteria of your searches.

I. Search Type:

Changing your default Search Type can save you some keystrokes each time you conduct a search.

In the drop-down menu, you can choose any of the 3 ways to search in OBTS: Name Search, CT Agency ID, and Other ID.

II. Name Search Type (First way to search):

If you want to conduct a Name Search, choose “Name” under Search Type and then use this drop-down menu to enable you to choose one of the two ways to search by name in OBTS: Exact Name or Smart Name.� An Exact Name search is used when you know an offender’s name.� You must know the offender’s last name; OBTS will not support a search with just a first name.

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II. Name Search Type (continued)

A Smart Name search is an expanded search based on what a name sounds like; or an alias like “Big Daddy”.� A Smart Name search is a “fuzzy” search, as the Smart Name can be phonetic.� When you do an alias search, enter the alias as the Last Name.� And, as a point of information, name searches are not case sensitive.

III. Agency ID Search (Second way to search):

Select this type of search when you have a Connecticut ID or Case Number that is UNIQUE to Connecticut and the Connecticut Criminal Justice System.�

The drop-down menu includes the following options: Arresting Agency Case number; CMIS Case #; CSSD Case #; Driver’s License number; Full docket number (which you can enter with or without hyphens), Inmate number; Partial Docket number; SPBI (SID) number; and UAR number.

Another point of information: A CMIS Client ID number is a planned future interface.�

IV. Other ID Search (Third way to search):

Select this type of search when you have a Non-Connecticut ID or Case Number that is NOT unique to Connecticut and the Connecticut Criminal Justice System; this means anywhere other than Connecticut.

The drop-down menu let’s you select: Alien Registration number; Driver’s License number; FBI number; Social Security number; or Ticket number.

V. Maximum rows displayed per page:

For training purposes, make sure that this is set to 10.� (The maximum is 99.)

VI. Maximum results to return for search:

You can also set the maximum results to return and again, for today’s purposes, make sure that this is set to 50.� (The maximum limit is 600 rows.)

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

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VII. Characteristics:

You can also see that you can set preferences for characteristics of the offender you are researching; the maximum values for DOB/Age; Height; and Weight are listed right on the screen for you.

VIII. Save/Cancel Buttons:�

When you are done setting your default preferences, don’t forget to hit the Save button.

IX. Navigating in OBTS: DON’T Hit the BACK BUTTON!�

Notice what I’m going to do next!� I want to go to another screen now and to do that I am NOT going to hit the Back Button.� Why not?� Because OBTS is not set-up to allow the Back, Forward, and Refresh Buttons to restore the data from the database.� So what should you do instead?� We’ve already learned that at the top of the screen, all the same choices that are on the Main Menu screen can be found (as well as Home {Main Menu} and Logoff).� So instead of hitting the Back button, I am going to click on “Other Search”.

5. Conduct a Demonstration of an “Other ID” Search

[Having just clicked on “Other Search”, the Other ID Search screen is displayed]

I am going to demonstrate doing an “Other ID” Search so I can show you some important guidelines for using OBTS.

Search Reason (required): For today, let’s always select “Regular Review”

Case Number (required): For today, we’ll type in “Training Demo”

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SCRIPT FOR INSTRUCTOR DEMO

The Requestor ID Field (optional): The Requestor ID Field is an optional field – and only needs to be filled in if you are requesting information on behalf of another individual.� Since OBTS Inquiry Logs record every time your ID is used to make an inquiry; it is very important that you use the Requestor ID Field when conducting a search for someone else.� For example:

  • A police Captain asks you to look up someone in the system.� In this instance, you would enter the Captain’s name or badge number in the Requestor ID Field; OR
  • A Patrol Officer calls dispatch; OR
  • An Administrative Clerk is researching information for an Intake, Assessment, and Referral (IAR) Specialist in the Court Support Service Division.

For today, we can leave the Requestor ID Field blank.

Search Type (required): I’m going to select the Social Security # radio button.

Identifier Number (required): I’m going to enter a SSN “048-52-8398” (dashes are optional).

Max results to return: should be 50

I’m done, so I’m going to hit the Submit Button.

Search Results: Schwartz, Lawrence Francis

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OBTS Instructor Guide – Section 5: How to Use the OBTS

SCRIPT FOR INSTRUCTOR DEMO

So now you know 2 ways to navigate in OBTS: One, use the Main Menu links at the top of each screen and Two, use the Folder Tabs.

In addition, there are 2 additional ways to navigate and I can demonstrate both of them for you now.

A third way to navigate is to use the Link for Go to Matching Offenders List at the top and the bottom of each screen.

There’s only one matching offender for this search, but I can still click on “Matching Offenders List” and it brings me to this screen.� From this screen, I can now show you that the fourth way to navigate is to click on a hyperlink, which is indicated by blue font and an underline.� Purple font indicates that a hyperlink has been previously clicked.

Let’s go back to our Classifications/Statuses Tab by clicking on the 1 hyperlink to the left of the offender’s name.� You’ll be able to review the data provided at your leisure in just a moment; but for now, who can tell me the information source for this data?� Yes, you will notice in the upper right hand corner of the screen that the “Info Sources” column lists PRAWN as the data source.� OBTS will always identify the source of the data being displayed.

This is the end of my demonstration.� Are there any questions?

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HOW TO USE THE OBTS

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If trainees

have terminals

If trainees do not

have terminals

Return to your PPT presentation and display the URL for the CJIS Portal (slide #49).

** Distribute OBTS CERTIFICATION FORMS; POST CREDIT FORMS; USERNAMES and PASSWORDS; and the WORKSHEETS.�

Collect Forms and assist trainees in logging-in.

Display slide #50 (It’s your turn to practice!)� Allow about an hour for trainees to complete their Worksheets.� Make it clear that trainees may consult with each other and with you.

To REVIEW the answers:

Option 1: If you have time, use OBTS to do a live demo “show and tell” as you ask for and verify the answers.

Option 2: Verbally review the Worksheets; ask for and verify the answers.

Option 3: If you are pressed for time, simply distribute the Answer Sheets and ask if there are any questions.

Distribute the WORKSHEETS.

Work through each Worksheet by continuing your live demo – using one of the options below:

Option 1:.Ask the class-at-large to do the “back seat driving” and instruct you on what to do by providing verbal instructions.

Option 2:.Take turns calling on individual trainees to provide verbal instructions (and the answers).� If a trainee gets stuck, he/she may call on anyone in the room for help.

Option 3: Ask trainees to take turns taking your place at the instructor’s computer to continue conducting the live demo – following the instructions on the Worksheets.

Note: Don’t forget to distribute, at some point, POST Credit Forms.

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** Important Note: BEFORE trainees log-in,
they should sign the OBTS Certification Form!

If the live demo, for any reason, is not possible – have a back-up plan.�
Make screen shots in advance and insert them into your PPT presentation.

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WORKSHEET ANSWER SHEETS

Go to the CJIS Portal

  1. Go to the CJIS Portal Page:

������������� Use browser to go to: www.cjis.ct.gov

  1. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on “OBTS”.
  1. In the upper top right of the screen, double click on OBTS in the Login Box.

Log-on to OBTS

  1. Enter your Username and Password.

If you have multiple roles, select one and hit Submit.

Use the Help Feature in OBTS

  1. On the Main Menu Page, click on Help.
  1. There are 4 ways that you can use the Help feature; what are they? (Hint: Look at the Menu Bar at the top left of the screen.)
    1. ____Contents____���� 2. ___Index____

�������������� �� 3. _____Search_____���� � 4.� ___Glossary___

  1. Use the Index in the Help Feature to find a list of event numbers.� What is event number 13?

��������������������������������������� ________________DOC Release________________

  1. Use the Contents in the Help Feature to find out about changing User Preferences.

���� a.��� What is “Changing User Preferences” listed under?

������������ ___ Introduction to OBTS�� ___Searching�� _X_ Staring on OBTS

���� b.�� Fields that are in BOLD RED connote what?

���� ___________Mandatory fields that must be completed__________

  1. Use the Glossary link in the Help Feature to find out what “STF” stand for:

��������� ___________________Special Transfer Fund____________________

To close the Help feature, click on the “x” in the upper right hand corner.� You will be returned to the Main Menu page.

Set Your Default Search Preferences

  1. On the Main Menu bar at the top of the page, click on “____Preferences____”.
  1. Notice the BOLD RED font for “Maximum rows displayed per page” and “Maximum results to return for search”.
  1. Set your “Maximum rows displayed per page” to 10.
  1. Set your “Maximum results to return for search” to 50.
  1. Leave the rest of the fields blank and click on the “Save” button.
  1. On the Main Menu at the top of the screen, click on “Agency ID Search”.
  1. Enter the following Search criteria:
  • Search Reason: “Regular Review”
  • Case Number: “Training Demo”
  • Search Type:
    • Is there an option for using an arrest date?� ___Yes� _X_ No

Select “State Police Bureau of Identification”

  • Identifier Number: Enter “681651” for the SPBI No.
  • Click the Submit Button.
  1. Search results yield one matching offender by the name of
    _______________Sean L. Studley_________________.
  1. How many Tabs contain additional information?� ���� ____5 Tabs are yellow ____
  1. Note that you are on the Classifications/Statuses Tab.� This Tab is displayed under 3 conditions:
      1. When your search criteria yields only one offender;
      2. When you select an offender from the Matching Offenders List screen; or
      3. When you click on the Classifications/Statuses folder Tab.
  1. Click on the “Cases” Folder Tab.� What is the most serious charge against this offender?� _____________ASSLT PERSONNEL______________

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At the top of the screen (Main Menu links), click on “Agency ID Search”.

  1. Enter the following Search criteria:
    • Search Reason: “Regular Review”
    • Case Number: “Training Demo”
    • Search Type: “Full Docket No.”
    • Identifier Number: Enter “H15N-CR03-0208502-S” (dashes are optional).
    • Click the Submit Button.
  1. This time, OBTS has gone directly to the Cases screen for this Docket No.; the offender’s name is: ____________Edward R. Brothers____________.
  1. Notice the Docket No.� To interpret Docket numbers you see in OBTS, here’s what you need to know:

Docket numbers are displayed as follows:

  • Court-Case Type - Year-Sequence Number - Suffix

Interpreting the Numbers:

  • CR = Criminal
  • MV = Motor Vehicle

Suffixes:

  • “S” = Original Case
  • “T” and “0 -9” = Transferred Cases
  • “A” = Severed Case
  1. What is the Suffix for the Docket No. you just inquired about?��

���������������������������� __X__S���� _____T��� _____ 0 thru 9����� _____A

  1. What does the Suffix indicate? ______This is the original case.______
  1. Select the “Protection Orders” Tab.� How many Protection Orders has this offender had?� _____4_____

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  1. At the top of the screen (Main Menu links), click on “Name Search”.
  1. Enter the following Search criteria:
  • Search Reason: “Regular Review”
  • Case Number: “Training Demo”
  • Search Type: Exact Match
  • Last Name/Alias/Moniker: “Stamp”
  • Under Optional search criteria, enter:
    • First Name/Initial: “Larry”
  • Click the Submit Button.
  1. Search results: How many offenders are listed?� ___3___
  1. How many offenders have been fingerprinted?� __2__

Hint: In OBTS, the SPBI (State Police Bureau of Identification) number and the SID (State Identifier) number are the same.� SID numbers signify that an offender has been fingerprinted – at some point in time.� For this reason, SID/SPBI numbers are considered a “trusted identifier”.

  1. Why is Larry C. Stamp (Row 3) listed on a separate row, even though his DOB, sex, race/ethnicity, and SSN are the same as Larry Stamp (Row 2)?�

Hint: See Hint above!

���� There is no SID # for “Stamp, Larry C”.� Since Larry C. Stamp does not have a

���� SID #, there is no trusted identifier and OBTS lists the offender separately.
���� Without a trusted identifier, you cannot assume that search results yielding
���� multiple offenders refer to the same person.

  1. Select Larry Stamp, Offender 2, by clicking on the hyperlink “2”.� The Classifications/Statuses Tab screen will be displayed.�

Notice that the Identifier information for this offender remains at the top of the screen, no matter what Tab you are on.� Notice, too, that underlined headings are NOT hyperlinks.

How many DOC Disciplinary Reports does this offender have? ___20___

  1. Click on the “Profile” Tab.�
    1. Does this offender have one of more alias names? _X_ Yes� ___ No
    1. If so, specify below:

Duke; Stamp, Lawrence C; Stamp, Larry Jr.; Stamp, Lawrence; Stamp, Larry

    1. OBTS displays the date and time data is received; and from which Source System.� The system does this for every line of data that you see. Notice that the dates for DOBs, IDs, Addresses, and OBTS Timestamps are in ______reverse_____ chronological order.
  1. Click on the “Locations” Tab.

In OBTS, whenever you see “D1DP” listed in the “Source System” column, it has a particular significance.� “D1DP” stands for Day One Data Population and refers to June 23, 2004 – the date the three-week process of data uploading into OBTS was completed.� Once OBTS was loaded with historical data, it was switched on.� OBTS started processing new business events that occurred after 10:00 PM on June 23, 2004.�

    1. Which source system provided the data you see on the screen?

__________Department of Correction (OBIS)___________

    1. Which row of data is historical data that was uploaded into OBTS?

����������������������������� _____ Row 1��������� __X_ Row 2
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    1. Which row of data is data from a business event?

����������������������������� __X_ Row 1��������� _____ Row 2

  1. Click on the “Arrests” Tab.� Is the most recent arrest listed first?

����������������������������� __X__ Yes��������� _____ No

  1. Click on the “Cases” Tab.� Notice the information provided on the screen; then select the second Docket No. – “S20N-CR93-0061423-S”.� Then select the “Charges/Dispositions” Tab.
    1. How many charges are there against this offender?� _____1_____
    1. Which row of data provides you with information about jail time?

____ Charge/Disposition�� __X__ Incarceration�� _____ Financial

  1. At the top of the screen, click on the “Incarcerations” Tab.
    1. Is there more than one Docket No. for this offender?�

��������������������������� __X__ Yes���� _____ No

    1. How can you tell?
      After the Docket Number, there is an underlined blue-font plus sign (+) that serves as a hyperlink to a list of other Docket Numbers.
    1. Click on the “Inmate” Tab.� What can you tell about the source of the Profile data?

D1DP = It’s historical data from DOC’s OBIS (Uploaded in July 2004)

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  1. At the top of the screen (Main Menu links), click on “Name Search”.
  1. Select the following Search criteria from the drop-down menu:
  • Search Reason: “Regular Review”
  • Case Number: “Training Demo”
  • Search Type: “Smart Search”
  • For Last Name/Alias/Moniker, type in “Stamp”
  • Under Optional search criteria, type in:
    • First Name/Initial: “Larry”
  • Click the Submit Button.
  1. Search results:
    1. Without clicking on the “Show All” link, how many offenders are returned? (Hint: Now displaying results 1 - 10 of ____.)� ______50______
    2. How many offenders are indicated as a 100% match? ______1_______
      (Hint: Look in the first column labeled “% Match”)
    3. How many offenders are indicated as a 90% match?� ______2________
  1. Near the top of the screen, click on the “Modify Search” button.
  1. Near the bottom of the screen, find the “Max results to return” field and replace “50” with “100”.� Click on the Submit Button.
  1. Search results:
  1. Without clicking on the “Show All” link, now how many results are returned? ________69________.

Notice that the number of offenders listed is dependent upon how you set your User Preference defaults.� Search Tip: Use the “% Match” column to judge the accuracy of your search.� You can always increase the number of maximum results returned if your first search does not yield what you are looking for.

  1. At the bottom of the screen, click on the “Show All” link.
  1. Scroll down to line number 29 and Select ‘Brown, Benjamin” by clicking on the
    ���� hyperlink 29.����
  1. Which Screen/Tab is displayed?� __Classifications/Statuses Tab__

On this Tab, notice:

There are 5 categories (General, Parole, Want, Judicial Supervision, and DOC Supervision) for Offender Status.� This is NEW information that is created by OBTS.� Currently, there is no information listed under the Status categories; this is a planned future interface.� (You can see a listing of Offender Status in your training materials)

  1. Click on the “Profile” Tab.� What is Benjamin Brown’s alias?

_____Larry Smith, Benjamin Brown, Larry Shaw, Willie Shaw_____

  1. To get back to the Matching Offenders List, what should you do?

_____Click on the Go to Matching Offenders List link______

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  1. At the top of the screen (Main Menu links), click on “Name Search”.
  1. Enter the following Search criteria:
  • Search Reason: “Regular Review”
  • Case Number: “Training Demo”
  • Search Type: “Smart Search”
  • Last Name/Alias/Moniker: “Duke”
  • Click the Submit Button.
  1. Search results: Without clicking on the “Show All” link, how many offenders are returned? _____Answer depends on how Preference defaults are set_____.
  1. Click on the “Modify Search” button and, at the bottom of the screen, set your default preference for “Max results to return” to 300.
  1. Search results: Without clicking on the “Show All” link, how many offenders are returned?� ____237____.
  1. Select Larry Stamp, the fourth offender in the list, by clicking on the hyperlink 4.� Which Tab should you select if you want to view alias names for Larry Stamp?�� ______Profile Tab______.� Go to this Tab now.
  1. Is Duke listed as an alias for Larry Stamp?

��������������������������� __X_ Yes���� _____ No


You are on your own!� Conduct a Smart Name Search for “Marvin Jerome Lane”.� Be sure to use all three names for the offender.

From the Search results, click on “Lane, Jerome Marvin”, Offender 1 (Hyperlink 1) and determine the following:

Note: If users just search on Marvin Lane instead of Marvin Jerome Lane, then they need to click on Hyperlink 2 instead of 1.

  1. Number of Disciplinary Reports:� _______________15_________________
    1. Disciplinary Reports may increase over time while he is incarcerated but as� of 12-01-2009, he has 15
  1. Primary Name: ________________Wesley Jones_____________________
    1. In this particular case Wesley Jones is the Primary and Marvin Jerome Lane is his alias.
  1. What is the most serious charge against this offender?
    _________________________Robbery 1_______________________

BONUS QUESTION:

  • For Docket No. HHB-CR01-0506774-1, how many charges are there against this offender? ____10____

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SECTION 6

TELL:

We’ve reached our last agenda item – taking the exam and becoming a certified OBTS user!�

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SECTION 6: OBTS CERTIFICATION EXAM

Time Frames

45 minutes

PPT presentation / Interactive Lecture

Administer Certification Exam

Review Exam Answers

Section 6: Content Overview

Page

The OBTS Certification Process

105

How to Take the Certification Exam

106

OBTS Certification Exam

107

Review the Answers to the Exam

108

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THE OBTS CERTIFICATION PROCESS

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Overview of the Certification Process

[MAKE SURE you have everyone’s signed Certification Form.]

TELL:

To reiterate, the test itself is “open book” – which means you should feel free to use any of your training materials and your notes when taking the examination.

When you are done with your Exam, please turn it in to me for grading.� If you pass, I will sign the Certification Form and you will get a copy of the Form for your own records.

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HOW TO TAKE THE CERTIFICATION EXAM

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TELL:

How to Take the Certification Exam

If you are ready, I am going to distribute the Examination Booklets and the Answer Sheets now.

There are 15 questions on the Exam and you must get 11 answers correct to pass.

Since we re-cycle the Examination Booklets, please remember to write your answers on your ANSWER SHEET and not in your booklet!

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Placeholder Slide while Exam is taking place

  • Have extra pens and pencils on hand.
  • After grading each Exam, give the Answer Sheet back, along with the User’s instructor-signed copy of the Certification Form.

Note to Instructor:

  • Trainees get 2 tries – but do not announce this in advance.
  • If someone does not pass the first time, return the answer sheet and let the trainee try again – focusing on those questions that aren’t checked off as being correct.

TELL:

  • If you have finished your Exam, please turn to the back of your Handout Packet and take a few moments to complete your TRAINING EVALUATION FORM.� I would appreciate having your Form before you leave today; thank you very much!

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Review the Answers to the Exam

  • When everyone is done and you have graded all the tests, review the exam questions and verify the answers.

Question

Answer

1. From which State Branches or Agencies does the OBTS receive Offender address information?

D – Dept. Of Public Safety, the Dept. of Correction, and the Judicial Branch

2. Category “F” (Sealed Juvenile Transfer) type cases may be viewed by which criminal justice agencies?

C – All of the Above

3. The policy statement that “all information obtained via the OBTS is to be used for criminal justice and law enforcement purposes only and, under no circumstances, can the OBTS or OBTS information be used for personal use, curiosity, personal gain or profit” is considered…

B – True

4. Identify which of the following is generally not a legitimate use of OBTS information.

A – Background checks on volunteers for community organizations

5. You want to search the OBTS for information concerning an Offender who calls himself “Scarface”.� Identify which of the following choices identifies the sufficient fields to be entered on the Name Search screen to initiate the inquiry.

C – Last name/Alias Moniker, Smart Search, Search Reason or Case No

6. You only have the first name “Ernie” for an Offender.� Can an OBTS inquiry be made with only a first name?

B – No

7. Which one of the following parameters cannot be used to search for OBTS data?

C – Arrest Date

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8. For a line of detail data, if the Source System is displayed as D1DP-OBIS, what is the source of the information displayed on that line?

B – Historical data from the Dept. of Correction’s Offender Based Information System

9. On the following Matching Offenders screen, which Offender(s) have definitely been fingerprinted?

C – 1 and 3

10. On the following Offender Summary screen, which tab should be selected to determine whether Edwin Quiles has at least two names, one of which may be an alias?

D – Profile Tab

11. As displayed on the following Matching Offenders screen, are Offender 1 and Offender 2 the same person?

C – Unable to determine

12. On the following screen, the Names List information is being displayed as a result of selecting which tab or folder?

B – Profile Tab

13. Which tab or screen is displayed when your exact name search results in only one Offender who matches your search criteria?

D – Classifications/Statuses Tab

14. On the following Charges/Dispositions Details screen, which Charge has a Prior Charge associated with it?

A – 14-222 (Charge Seq. No. 1)

15. On the following Incarceration screen, how many docket numbers are associated with the Offender Steven Thomas?

C - Unknown

Make sure you have collected from everyone:

  • Exam booklets / Answer sheets (Do not give the trainees the Answer Sheets)
  • Verify that you have the correct number of exam booklets/and answer sheets
  • Users may keep the Certification Form (make sure you, as Trainer, keep a copy)
  • Make sure to mail a copy of the Certification Form, the original Answer sheets and a copy of the Attendance sheet to the OBTS Coordinator at the CJIS Support Group

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LAST SLIDE

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Congratulate users on becoming OBTS Certified!

Distribute CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT.

Ask if you have trainee’s TRAINING EVALUATION FORM.

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