Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Maketa announces information-sharing effort

Posted by on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Sheriff Terry Maketa
  • Sheriff Terry Maketa

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has announced that his office will be working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, to share crime info nationwide.

According to the FBI's website, the National Data Exchange, N-Dex, "is America’s premier information-sharing tool used by criminal justice professionals to put the right information into the right hands right now."

N-DEx uses criminal justice data from local, state, tribal, and federal agencies across the nation to quickly 'connect the dots' between data that may seem unrelated. It is a repository of criminal justice records, available in a secure online environment, managed by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.

N-DEx brings together data such as incident and case reports, arrest reports, computer-aided dispatch calls, traffic citations, narratives, photos, supplements, booking and incarceration data, and parole/probation information. Additionally, N-DEx automatically correlates and resolves data from open and closed reports to detect relationships between people, vehicles/property, locations, and/or crime characteristics. It also supports multi-jurisdictional task forces—enhancing national information sharing, links between regional and state systems, and virtual regional information sharing.

In a press release, the county sheriff's office claims they are the first sheriff's office in the county state to take advantage of the system.

Read the full press release after the jump.

Through partnership and joint effort with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Sheriff Terry Maketa is pleased to announce the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the State of Colorado to share valuable criminal justice information with the National Data Exchange (N-DEx), a system which provides nationwide connectivity for local, state, tribal, and federal systems for the exchange of information.

N-DEx was developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. As part of the implementation plan, CJIS began a phased integration of OneDOJ (an information repository and database for Federal Law Enforcement only) into N-DEx in July 2009. With data from agencies participating in N-DEx, and data merged from OneDOJ, N-DEx provides law enforcement agencies an investigative tool to search, link, analyze, and share criminal justice information such as incident reports, field contacts, and incarceration data to enhance law enforcement’s ability to fight crime. It allows participating agencies to link information across jurisdictional boundaries by detecting relationships between people, places, things, and crime characteristics.
As of August 13, 2012, the Sheriff’s Office is actively “pushing” data from their internal databases to N-DEx, recognizing the value of information sharing for the purpose of solving crime and providing a higher level of service to the community. Sheriff Maketa commented, “This has been better than a year long process for our Office. CBI has been instrumental in assisting us in this transition, as they opened a pathway for us to link information using the National Data Exchange (N-Dex). This will help connect information from law enforcement agencies, jails and prisons from around the country and open up pathways to help solve active and inactive cases.”

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