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Puerto Rico TIPS Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $159,759)

The Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Program is funded under the statutory set aside for precipitous increase in crime (42 U.S.C. § 3756h) and the
economic, high technology, and internet crime prevention fund (Pub. L. No. 113-235, 128 Stat 2130, 2192). The TIPS program is designed to address the fact that
while many jurisdictions are making significant progress implementing justice information-sharing solutions to address critical gaps in coordinating crime
prevention across organizations and jurisdictions, there remain significant challenges in responding to all threats to public safety, especially violent crime and
homicide. Funding under TIPS is provided to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of
innovative technological solutions such that they may more effectively address disproportionate and precipitous increases in crime.

The Criminal Justice Information Services of Puerto Rico (CJIS) will improve information sharing by developing a new message switch capability based on open source technologies. Successful completion of this project will benefit all CJIS users including law enforcement, corrections, prosecution and the courts. Providing more cost-effective access to existing data systems and the ability to include new data systems in a cost-effective manner will result in more effective crime control throughout the justice system. This project will address the challenges of improving technology integration and improving data linking and identity management. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2015