The Office of Justice Program's (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the U.S. Department of Justice is sponsoring a project to develop information exchange standards between computer aided dispatching (CAD) systems, law enforcement records management systems (RMS) and related external supporting systems. The project is a collaborative effort between multiple organizations that have direct interest in establishing open standards for these exchanges.
Now why does this matter? Because if you report a crime in progress, your local 911 dispatcher, or the responding officer may need to exchange data with local police records or federal agencies. You don’t want to wait two weeks for that to go through, you want all the systems to work together.
Why can’t we share?