Statistical Analysis Center

The Montana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was formed in 1991. It serves as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) point of contact for crime reporting in the state. Local law enforcement agencies submit data to the Montana SAC using either summary data (UCR/ MUCR) or electronic, incident-based data (NIBRS/MTIBRS). The Montana SAC has been accepting incident-based data since 1999, and in 2005 became certified to submit incident-based (NIBRS) data to the FBI.

The Montana SAC collects other datasets than NIBRS/MTIBRS and summary crime data. We collect data from Montana VAWA/VOCA (Violence Against Women Act/Victims Of Crime Act) subgrantees, from the Montana Supreme Court (for juvenile justice issues) and from the local juvenile detention facilities (for juvenile detention reform oversight).

In addition, the Montana SAC funds research and publications on criminal justice issues that affect the state. We have in the past worked with state agencies in Montana, with the Supreme Court, with local law enforcement agencies and detention facilities, and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Region V office.

The SAC is affiliated with and receives professional support from the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization that promotes collaboration and exchange of information among state SACs, and acts as a liaison between state agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.