The Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC) is a program of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which uses research-based methodologies to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies.
CJTEC monitors trends and developments related to technologies, products, and practices in areas of interest to criminal justice. CJTEC researchers use horizon scanning and market research techniques to identify, evaluate, and compare solutions for specific criminal justice needs.
CJTEC conducts testing and evaluation activities to produce objective, performance-related information about the technologies and practices that criminal justice agencies use. The evaluations include testing in laboratories and environments similar to the real world, comparative evaluations, evaluations in collaboration with practitioner agency deployments, and technology landscape assessments.
CJTEC administers the NIJ Compliance Testing Program. Administration activities include coordinating initial compliance testing and follow-up inspections with independent testing laboratories and quality assurance organizations and making recommendations to NIJ regarding compliance of products submitted to the program.