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Blockchain Technology Application

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $165,000)

The FY 2017 Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime is designed to enable strategic information sharing across crime-fighting agencies and with identified partnerships to address specific local or regional crime problems. This program is funded under the "reserved funds" section (42 U.S.C. section 3756(b)(1)) of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. The "reserved funds" section provides that up to 5 percent of the funds available to carry out the JAG Program may be granted for one or more of the purposes specified at 42 U.S.C. section 3751 upon a determination that such a grant is necessary 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. section 3756(b)(1).

The City of Peoria will use Blockchain Technology to perform technology integration from social network analysis and cross-sector datasets; to link data for identity management for crime analysis and predictive analytics; and to facilitate case management. The backbone of blockchain technology is a distributed ledge that facilitates peer-to-peer information exchange. It is ideal for this ground-breaking application in that information is both transparent and private, removes the need for data entry and formatting, and keeps the control local and in the hands of the stakeholders. The use of Case Management and Smart Contract “applications” of blockchain would automate the analysis for the identified strategies. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 26, 2017