Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $4,533,000)
The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) is a nationwide program that develops and provides vital information sharing and technology solutions, investigative support services, and officer safety resources to more than 9,500 local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice agencies across the country. The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) has a record of demonstrated success in providing technical assistance and nationwide coordination support to RISS and serving as the fiscal and human resources agent for the RISS Technology Support Center (RTSC) on behalf of RISS. The RTSC is the nationwide technology component for RISS and is responsible for the operation of the RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET) and its resources. RISSNET is the critical infrastructure for law enforcement to address violent crime, gun crime, and emerging threats. RISSNET provides secure, easy access to millions of records and hundreds of criminal justice resources. IIR is submitting this proposal, under the Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program, to continue its support for RISS and the RTSC. This proposal supports the JIS TTA Program goals and furthers the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission by assisting jurisdictions in reducing violent crime, gun crime, and other criminal threats. This project aims to improve the criminal justice system through innovative information sharing solutions, multiagency collaboration, and the implementation of data-driven, evidence-based strategies. Activities under this proposal include the following: Leveraging Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative tools and existing proven resources and partnerships Conducting reviews, policy evaluations, and program analysis Providing and supporting strategic planning Coordinating in-person and virtual RISS events, including those for the RISS Directors, partners, technology staff, and committees Preparing national reports and submitting aggregated RISS statistics Developing and distributing publications and outreach Managing and updating RISS websites and online tools Serving as the fiscal and personnel component for the RTSC Operating, maintaining, and upgrading RISSNET and its resources, including the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database Collaborating with partners to coordinate national programs and connect systems Maintaining a Web-based Online Registration process Developing, updating, and promoting an event deconfliction video Supporting current and expanding future event deconfliction efforts RISS, the RTSC, and IIR have built a trusted relationship that has resulted in unprecedented levels of information sharing and service delivery to the law enforcement community. IIR’s infrastructure to support RISS and the RTSC is proven, fully operational, and positioned to ensure ongoing, uninterrupted operations and cost savings for RISS and the federal government.