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IJIS Institute resolves support for Justice Department

The IJIS Institute has adopted a resolution endorsing and supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program (LEISP) as a “significant and essential capability long needed by the nation’s law enforcement community and a critical tool for local law enforcement helping to reduce crime as well as acts of terrorism.”

The resolution, adopted on Dec. 2, 2008, offers praise for the ongoing initiatives included in the DOJ’s LEISP, led by CIO Vance Hitch, and encourages wider use of appropriate national policies, practices, and technology across all levels of government in building information-sharing capabilities.

The LEISP is the DOJ’s commitment to transform the way it shares law enforcement information with state, local, tribal, and other federal law enforcement and homeland security partners. The DOJ’s objective is to share information routinely across jurisdictional boundaries to prevent terrorism and to systematically improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity. To achieve this objective, the DOJ will put the right information into the hands of criminal investigators and analysts, whether they are on the street, in a command post, or working a task force.

The IJIS Institute resolution further recognizes several information-sharing initiatives within LEISP that have proven successful, including the DOJ’s adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), and programs such as OneDOJ and the FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx).

Paul Wormeli, executive director of the IJIS Institute, said, “This resolution is much more than simply congratulating DOJ on a job well done. The IJIS Institute strongly believes in the power of this initiative and will work through our industry partners to help DOJ, other federal agencies, and agencies at all levels of government realize the power of information in making communities safer and more secure.”

Published in Public Safety IT, Jan/Feb 2009

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