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Law Enforcement Information Sharing Portal Pilot Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $125,000)

This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also provides that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more states or units of local government for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary ' (1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.' (42 U.S.C. 3756).

The National Justice Information Sharing Initiative, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps improve criminal justice systems and provides national programs and national efforts such as training and technical assistance to strategically address the needs of state and local justice systems and communities.

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) will support law enforcement's ability to access law enforcement resources through a federated search of resources utilizing web services. They will developing and place a federated search tool with a capability of searching multiple, independent information resources from a single location. IIR will work with BJA and law enforcement practitioners to identify resources, work collaboratively with BJA partners to ensure the interface is meeting the needs of the law enforcement community, and coordinate with data providers to improve and expand on the amount and quality of information available to law enforcement through this search tool.


Date Created: September 16, 2009