Designated State employees are responsible for the oversight and operation of the Iowa Criminal Justice Information Network, known as the IOWA System, as well as maintaining the computer hardware, data, and telecommunication infrastructure for the Department of Public Safety.

Employees support a multi-vendor combination of microcomputers, minicomputers, mainframes, and special processors. Data processing, office automation services, needs analysis, and inter-system communications are only a few of the services provided to Department personnel.

Personnel maintain the hardware and software for the collection and dissemination of criminal justice information by state, local, and federal agencies.

IOWA System

The Iowa On-line Warrants and Articles (IOWA) Criminal Justice Information Network provides access to a wide variety of information to nearly 400 police departments, sheriff's offices, and state and federal criminal justice agencies throughout Iowa. The IOWA system also serves as a link to the national law enforcement network National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as well as to other agencies nationwide and worldwide. These messages include inquiries to databases for: 

  • Wanted & missing persons
  • Protective orders
  •  Sex offenders
  • Stolen property, including vehicles and guns
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Driver licenses
  • Criminal history records
  • Administrative messages

Training staff instruct and certify law enforcement and criminal justice personnel annually in the use of the IOWA System, audit IOWA system agencies for compliance in state and federal policies and regulations, certify software for use with the IOWA System, and expand the network with access to new databases and capabilities. Offline searches are conducted annually to provide investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies.