Over the last week-and-a-half, the IJIS Institute staff has been busy representing IJIS at several high-profile events, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) 2018 Fall Meeting, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) Annual Meeting, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo.
At the MCCA 2018 Fall Meeting, I presented an overview of the IJIS Institute to MCCA’s technology committee and gave them some examples of the good work that has been done at IJIS. The common theme at this meeting was how MCCA member agencies embrace technology to support how policing is changing. The technology should help the agencies streamline their operations and help the officers in community policing activities. There was also a lot of discussion about failed IT projects involving RMS, CAD, systems integration, and information sharing. The participants reflected the realization that police agencies need to pay more attention to data management principles; this will not only help the chiefs and command-level staff with better decision making, but also help the officers in the field to have access to mission-related information in a timely manner. I left the meeting with a sense that there is a lot of work still needed, and that the IJIS Institute and MCCA’s technology committee have an overlap in our missions and we can work together to promote technology and information sharing that will help law enforcement agencies across the country.
Next, I attended the iCERT Annual Meeting, and there was a lot of discussion around Next Generation 9-1-1 and how the iCERT membership (technology industry) can help with broader adoption. There was also a lot of discussion about the Next Generation 911 Cost Estimate: A Report to Congress study that was recently published on NG 911 cost estimates for the nationwide rollout. The report was prepared by the 911 Implementation Coordination Office, which is jointly administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Perhaps most notable from the iCERT Annual Meeting, there was discussion around interoperability between FirstNet and NG 911. In context of this discussion, there was agreement that with all the convergence that is happening in the public safety marketplace, there needs to be a high priority on interoperability, but, at the same time, we cannot forget how it impacts the staff working at all the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). The last thing we want is to overwhelm PSAP staffs with information overload and hinder their timely decision-making abilities. It was also agreed that the APCO/NENA NG9-1-1 Emergency Incident Data Document (EIDD) needs to be embraced by all the CAD solution providers to overcome existing interoperability challenges.
Next up was the IACP Annual Conference and Expo, and the IJIS staff attended the Computer Crime Digital Evidence (CCDE) and CJIS committee meetings, moderated a panel at the conference, and the IJIS Institute Law Enforcement Imaging Technology Task Force (LEITTF) hosted a working meeting. The topics discussed during the CCDE committee meeting included the need for law enforcement agencies to proactively address cyber threats, policy challenges, and staff training; there was also a discussion on how there is no one place for agencies to go and seek solutions or service providers that are in the cyber, digital evidence, or forensics business. As a result of this discussion, the IJIS Institute will work with IACP on establishing a method for collecting and disseminating information on companies that offer solutions and services in this space.
During the CJIS committee meeting, IJIS Institute LEITTF members provided an overview of the facial recognition use cases that will be published in November. The guest speakers at this committee included the FBI CJIS Assistant Director, FirstNet, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the FBI Advisory Policy Board. Some of the topics covered during the committee meeting included the status of NCS-X, NIBRS, Use of Force, and legislative updates.
In attending these conferences and committee meetings, it was clear that every topic that these communities are discussing or trying to address we at IJIS are already leading the charge to address the same issues or currently working on solutions for these challenges. The IJIS Institute has strong role to play in raising awareness of all the work that has been done over the years and engage with the leaders in these communities to implement solutions that already exist instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s also clear that the IJIS members, through and along with the IJIS Institute, have to be more engaged in a dialogue with these communities to discuss how they are leveraging technology innovation in their solution sets, embracing open standards, and overcoming procurement challenges. Collectively, as justice and public safety leaders, have an opportunity to collaborate in order to overcome challenges we collectively face. At IJIS, we are always looking for innovative ways to support the mission of our focus area communities.