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PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force (PA-SERCTTF) has renewed its contract with GeoDecisions, a leader in the information technology industry, and subconsultant Diverse Technologies Corp., to provide program management for the Law Enforcement Justice Information System (LEJIS). The PA-SERCTFF is responsible for homeland security and emergency management initiatives to protect the 3.9 million residents of Pennsylvania’s Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. An innovative communications strategy, LEJIS enhances the ability of law enforcement officials in southeastern Pennsylvania to prevent crimes and respond to incidents. This information-sharing network will give participating law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania real-time access to local, state, and federal public safety records to dramatically improve officer safety and the region’s neighborhood security. During Phase I of the LEJIS project, GeoDecisions held interactive workshops with local law enforcement and justice representatives to refine the conceptual project strategy developed by the PA-SERCTTF’s LEJIS committee. GeoDecisions incorporated these findings into the development of the project’s strategic architectural plan. In Phase II, the GeoDecisions team will transition to a program management role, facilitating the review and acceptance of LEJIS by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and managing the prime integrator contracting team. When complete, the LEJIS project will create interoperability and integration between local police department crime records management systems; county court records; state-level probation, parolee, and homeland security systems; and federal-level law enforcement systems. LEJIS will leverage the Pennsylvania Justice Network’s (JNET) secure communications infrastructure and connect with the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN). The initial deployment of LEJIS is being funded by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force through a Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative grant administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. n

Published in Public Safety IT, Jan/Feb 2007

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