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The Florida Statistical Analysis Center is housed, funded and administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with partial funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice and support from the Justice Research and Statistics Association. The FSAC analyzes criminal justice data and prepares statistical reports for policy makers, planners, and program developers; and serves as a criminal justice resource for academicians, media, students, and others researching crime in Florida. FSAC reports cover a wide range of criminal justice issues and are available to the general public.

The Florida Statistical Analysis Center (FSAC) was established within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in April, 1986 under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The BJS has set up a national network of state Statistical Analysis Centers (SAC) with a twofold purpose: to enhance the capabilities of the states in developing policy-relevant statistical information to meet their own needs, and to make state-level data available to the BJS for national compilations and studies. SACs are operating in 53 states and territories of the United States.

The FSAC's primary functions are to analyze criminal justice data and prepare statistical reports for policy-makers, planners, and program developers; and to serve as a resource for the media, academicians, students, and others researching crime in Florida. The FSAC also acts as a "gateway" to Florida's criminal justice agencies for out-of-state organizations and individuals. The FSAC's reports cover a wide range of criminal justice issues and are available to the general public.

The FSAC’s location within the FDLE gives it a unique access to criminal justice policy makers. This location facilitates its use of the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the Computerized Criminal History File (CCH), the Offender-Based Tracking Statistics (OBTS), and the Automated Training Management System (ATMS) databases. Additionally, FDLE houses expertise in the areas of data analysis, computer technology, and data collection processes.

The FSAC director serves as liaison between the SAC and Florida's criminal justice community, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) and its members. JRSA is a national nonprofit organization of state SAC directors, researchers, and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations. Through state dues and grant support from BJS, JRSA functions as an association of the SACs. The JRSA is governed by a seven-member Executive Committee, five of whom are elected from among current SAC directors.