Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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IJIS Institute Forms Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement IT Standards

The IJIS Institute has announced the formation of a new committee designed to support the development of information technology standards for law enforcement agencies.

The IJIS Institute has been working closely with the Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC), a consortium of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The mission of LEITSC is to provide outreach and education to the nation’s law enforcement community regarding IT standards; represent law enforcement in the development of standards that affect the information sharing; and to facilitate the development of standards by utilizing committees composed of law enforcement practitioners. Further detail is available at . The IJIS Institute has been working with LEITSC to develop functional standards for computer aided dispatching and police records management systems. The Council is in the process of circulating the draft functional standards through committees of its four partners to attempt to achieve national consensus on what these systems should do for law enforcement agencies of all kinds.

Watch this process carefully. It will become the model for the industry, not just the public sector.

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