Monday, March 28, 2005

Catching Drug Dealers: GJXDM To The Rescue

The Rockley Bulliten

A real world example: In the war against crystal methamphetamines, one of the problems is that crystal labs pop up easily and frequently move around (also very easily). Law enforcement officials need to be able to define and track the distribution system even when it crosses city lines. In order for law enforcement to track the history of individuals and places -- as well as connections between people -- the police need to be able to exchange information since the labs and dealers just change jurisdictions to escape detection and arrest," Wormeli says.

"The whole idea of the GJXDM is to make it very easy to share information between law enforcement agencies," Wormeli continues, "but also to expedite judicial processing by sending incident and arrest data easily to prosecutors and courts in near real time so that the prosecution and judicial proceedings are expedited. Information sharing in the dynamic and highly mobile world of crystal meth is a big key to law enforcement success through collaboration in cases involving multiple people, locations, and tactics, irrespective of city boundaries. The more they share, the greater the likelihood of successful case clearance and effective prosecution.

"As states implement prescription drug monitoring programs and develop the system for exchanging information across state lines," Wormeli says, "drug dealers specializing in the illicit traffic of controlled substances will have a hard time hiding from law enforcement agencies.

This is just part of the work my client, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute is doing to help law enforcement do their job.

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