Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $5,800,923)
Efficient and effective sharing of information between and among criminal justice agencies and partner organizations is at the heart of today's efforts across the nation to protect public safety. In the current fiscal environment of reduced resources at all levels of government, the ability to share information remains one of the most important factors that enable communities to address their most pressing criminal justice problems in cost-effective ways. RISS is a national program composed of six regional centers, and the RISS Technology Support Center. RISS works regionally and on a nationwide basis to respond to the unique crime problems of each region while strengthening the country's information sharing environment. RISS offers secure information sharing and communications capabilities, critical analytical and investigative support services, and event deconfliction to enhance officer safety. RISS offers services to local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to enhance their ability to identify, target, and remove criminal conspiracies and activities spanning multijurisdictional, multistate and, sometimes, international boundaries. RISS supports investigative and prosecution efforts against violent crime, terrorism, gang activity, identity theft, cybercrime, criminal gangs, transnational organized crime activities including drug and human trafficking, and other regional priorities, while promoting officer safety. RISS services and resources directly support our nation's law enforcement priorities in the areas of national security, terrorism, violent crime, and the opioid epidemic. Created in 1981, the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) is one of six RISS centers. The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes region consists of Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and England. Within this region, 1,511 law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are members of MAGLOCLEN and benefit from a variety of services and resources provided by the center. For more information on how RISS and MAGLOCLEN support has benefited law enforcement and public safety efforts across the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes region and the nation, please visit www.riss.net/impact. MAGLOCLEN remains a critical part of the criminal justice community in providing information sharing, intelligence, and investigative resources. The programs, services, and products provided to over 1,500 member agencies continue to positively impact their ability to successfully resolve investigations and prosecute criminals. MAGLOCLEN is committed to serve the criminal justice community, help fight crime, and ensure the safety of officers and communities.