Officer Smith from Anytown PD is working a burglary ring investigation into activities at 123 Main Street Anytown, USA and enters his search warrant into RISSafe. RISSsafe is the officer safety event deconfliction system operated by the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS). Meanwhile, Detective Jones from the State Police is working a firearms investigation at the same location and enters his arrest warrant into Case Explorer (Case Explorer is the officer safety event deconfliction system operated by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program, or HIDTA). Unbeknownst to Officer Smith and Detective Jones, the DEA is also conducting an investigation into drug activities at the same Main Street address. The DEA Agent enters their surveillance efforts into SAFETNet (SAFETNet is an officer safety event deconfliction system operated by various HIDTA's around the country).

Envision an Outcome

Until now, none of the officers in this scenario would have known that other investigations were concurrently ongoing, even though they entered investigation information into their respective deconfliction systems. This might not only interfere with investigative efforts; it could also put the officers in potential conflict, causing personal harm or worse. 

As of May 2015, thanks to the efforts of the players above and to the creation of a Partner Deconfliction Interface (PDI) among law enforcement information systems, each of the officers involved are now notified of potential conflicts and are provided officer/detective/agent contact information. The Partner Deconfliction Interface is the first nationwide officer safety deconfliction system and, as a result, the involved investigators in our scenario are able to combine and coordinate their collective investigative efforts to create the best and safest strategy for implementation. Last year, more than 350,000 events were entered into officer safety event deconfliction systems by over 3,500 police agencies. Those numbers are expected to grow as more agencies work to expand their usage of deconfliction systems.  

Individual event deconfliction systems were developed over many years by various entities for specific purposes. This is the first time that the three primary systems have been interconnected, thereby creating a virtual nationwide officer safety event deconfliction system where entry into one system means entry into all systems. The Program Manager - Information Sharing Environment is very proud to have supported this significant officer safety integration effort.

Know The Players

This breakthrough would not have occurred without the work of the following law enforcement information sharing partners:

  • Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) - RISSafe
  • Washington/Baltimore HIDTA - Case Explorer
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) – SAFETNet

Know The Support Team

The successful scenario above would also not have been possible without the help of the RISS Technology Support Center (RTSC), the Washington/Baltimore Network Operations Center, and the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). This work builds on Information Sharing Initiative  – a suite of resources aimed at helping entities of all sizes share information using best practices.

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