The 72 state and local fusion centers designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and selected DHS components, have collaborated to develop the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) program. The NSI incorporates agencies’ individual SAR processes (the gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing of suspicious information on observed behavior reasonably indicative of pre-operational planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity) into a nationwide capability to share terrorism-related SAR data across all levels of government.
The Emergency Management and Response Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) acknowledges that the use of non-law enforcement Emergency Services Sector (ESS) personnel in crime fighting is controversial and potentially problematic, despite being advocated in best-practices documents, professional journals, and academic papers. Nevertheless, the EMR-ISAC continues to find instances where firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics in the performance of normal duties have appropriately assisted their police counterparts.
The Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) is a criminal justice information sharing system that will provide nationwide connectivity to disparate local, state, tribal, and federal systems for the exchange of information. N-DEx provides law enforcement agencies with a powerful new investigative tool to search, link, analyze, and share information (such as incident and case reports) on a national basis to a degree never before possible. N-DEx will primarily benefit local law enforcement in their role as the first line of defense against crime and terrorism.
sharing can be a critical factor in public safety and security, as well as provide the foundation for tools
that parents can use to keep their children safe. The IJIS Institute played a key role in the development
of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web Site that allows the
public to enter in a zip code or address to search for convicted sex offenders living or working nearby
where their children live, play, and attend school. The IJIS Institute’s specialization in public-private
partnerships led to their involvement in this project with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and other government agencies and groups. The underlying structures that facilitate information sharing in this project have grown exponentially, and now serve public safety,
justice, and homeland security functions and professionals nationwide.
Prescription monitoring programs (PMP) are state-sponsored initiatives aimed at addressing the
diversion and abuse of prescription drugs. One of the first programs was established in California over
60 years ago, but the entire initiative received a boost when, in 2002, Congress appropriated funds to
the Department of Justice (DOJ) to support development of a national PMP capability. This case study highlights the success of the pilot design of an interstate prescription monitoring
information exchange (PMIX) program between California and Nevada.
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The IJIS Institute is working to collect and disseminate Information Sharing Success Stories and we need your help!
Information Sharing Success Stories describe how an information sharing project was successful in a real world implementation. IJIS Institute staff will work with you and your associated clients/practitioners on developing the story and obtaining permissions. We can also feature videos of successful projects and initiatives on our Videos web page.
The case studies and videos highlight success stories for the public and industry to show how information sharing impacts public safety, the safety and security of our communities, and the safety of public safety professionals. These are great ways for you to tout your accomplishments as well as demonstrate to the community how information sharing works!
Please contact at the IJIS Institute with your Information Sharing Success Stories and videos.