Book offers justice integration tips
- By Daniel Keegan
- Apr 28, 2000
Law enforcement officials now have a handbook to help them get support to
integrate state and local information systems.
The guidebook, "And Justice for All: Designing Your Business Case for Integrating
Justice Information," by the Center for Technology and Government at the
State University of New York at Albany, provides guidelines and tools for
officials to get support from politicians and members of the community,
as well as financial backing.
An integrated information system ties together state and local databases
so law enforcement officers have all available information on a suspect,
location or victim.
The Justice Department, which awarded a $364,000 grant through the university's
Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance, is undertaking
a national effort to increase information sharing among state and local
The guidebook focuses on "having the right people at the table," said Stephanie
Simon, the center's information coordinator. "You need to find a champion
a decision-maker," she said. The guidebook talks about obstacles that
must be overcome, such as privacy concerns and the large price tag on an
The guidebook was created with input from federal, state and local justice
officials and from 20 existing integration projects. It walks readers through
creating a business proposal, including examples, references and Internet
World Wide Web addresses.
The 88-page guidebook and eight-page executive summary are available online
at www.ctg.albany.edu/resources/abstract/abdoj_justice.html. Hard copies
are available by calling the Bureau of Justice Assistance at (800) 688-4252.
Copies are free, but shipping and handling fees may apply, Simon said.