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IT Guides and Reports


Applying Security Practices to Justice Information Sharing

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    Office of Justice Programs (OJP), March 2004. This document contains background information, overviews of best practices, and guidelines for secure information sharing.

Applying Wireless Security Practices to Justice Information Sharing

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    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), April 2006. This document is a companion resource to Applying Security Practices to Justice Information Sharing (document) or (Applying Security Practices), focusing specifically on wireless security practices.

Impact of Video Evidence on Modern Policing: Research and Best Practices

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), March 2007. This report contains the results of a COPS-funded study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the use of in-car cameras, focusing on those in use by state police and highway patrol COPS grant recipients in state police and highway patrol agencies. The field evaluations measured the impact of in-car cameras on officer safety, officer performance and police professionalism, agency liability and internal control, training and education, community perception, agency policies, procedures and protocols, agency leadership, and the judicial process.

Information Systems Integration

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    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA),  2004. This compilation of four publications on information integration provides practical information and resources for practitioners undertaking integrated justice initiatives.

Information Systems Technology Enhancement Project (ISTEP)

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2003. The Information Systems Technology Enhancement Project document examines the uses of information technology and its application to community policing in America. It documents the information technology planning and acquisition processes, while contrasting the various applications of the technology to community policing in five police organizations.  (NCJ 194045)

Information Systems Technology Enhancement Project: ISTEP Phase II Case Studies

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2003. This series of case studies continues the work started in the original Information Systems Technology Enhancement Project. Each case study examines the uses of information technology and its application to community policing in America. It documents the information technology planning and acquisition processes, while contrasting the various applications of the technology to community policing in four police organizations around four areas (COMPSTAT, School Safety, Prostitution and Auto Theft).

Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2004. This intelligence guide was prepared in response to requests from law enforcement executives for guidance on intelligence functions in a post-September 11 world. It will help law enforcement agencies develop or enhance their intelligence capacity and enable them to fight terrorism and other crimes while preserving community policing relationships.

Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to Plan, Purchase, and Manage Technology (Successfully!) A Guide for Executives, Managers and Technologists, 2002

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 2002. This user-friendly guidebook offers law enforcement agencies tools and resources to successfully achieve their IT goals. It highlights best practices in strategic IT planning and procurement, and reveals pitfalls to avoid. (NCJ 197106)

Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Interagency Interoperability Projects

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), December 2006. Building a voice or data communications system that allows police, fire, and emergency medical service agencies to communicate with each other within and across jurisdictions is a complex and costly effort. The success of this effort is dependent upon the operational plans and procedures that support it. This guide is a comprehensive, user-friendly guidebook that provides strategies, best practices, and recommendations for public safety agencies seeking to develop or already engaged in interagency communications projects. It explores current and emerging technologies in voice and data communications, and provides planning tools to help achieve interoperable communication initiatives. It is intended to serve as a companion to the COPS-funded "Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology (successfully!), A Guide for Executives, Managers and Technologists".

Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Creating Performance Measures that Work

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 2007. Performance measures can help law enforcement agencies assess and report on the impact of their policing efforts, whether those efforts include adopting a new technology or new community policing initiatives. This guidebook is designed to help agencies develop performance measures that can be used to improve individual programs and initiatives, as well as be integrated into broader performance management frameworks. It includes a six-step process for measuring performance, practical real-life examples, templates, recommendations, and checklists. It is intended to serve as a companion to the COPS-funded "Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology successfully."

Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Information Technology Security

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 2007. As public safety agencies continue to adopt new and complex information sharing technologies, securing sensitive and mission-critical information has become an essential part of information technology (IT) planning. This guidebook offers agencies a step-by-step process for developing IT security policies. It include strategies and best practices, as well as self-assessment and risk-assessment tools designed to help agencies systematically identify where IT security risks exist and determine the most effective way to mitigate those risks. It is intended to serve as companion to the COPS-funded "Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology successfully."

Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Small and Rural Police Agencies

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2005. This practical and user-friendly guidebook is geared to the small and rural police agency, providing strategies, best practices, recommendations, and ideas for successful IT planning and implementation. Agencies with minimal personnel and financing can learn how to implement IT projects from preliminary project planning and project plan creation to technology acquisition, implementation, and maintenance. This guidebook complements the Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!). When used together, they make an impressive toolset for technology implementation.

Local Law Enforcement Responds to Terrorism: Lessons in Prevention and Preparedness

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2002. This publication describes technological advancements designed and used by police agencies across the country to address the threat of terrorism. Topics covered include crime mapping, data sharing, and 311 call systems.

Policing Smarter Through IT: Learning from Chicago's Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) System

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), December 2003. This report describes the development and launch of Chicago Police Departmentís Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) System and the development of an integrated criminal justice information system powered by the CLEAR data warehouse.  Lessons learned are presented on the design, development, and use of automated systems and police management applications. (NCJ 205698)

Policing Smarter Through IT: Lessons in Enterprise Implementation

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2004.  Using lessons learned from Chicagoís Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) System, this report provides the reader with practical strategies and cautions to consider when developing an integrated criminal justice information system. Addresses funding, implementation and management of IT solutions. (NCJ 206752)

Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement Computer Aided Dispatch Systems

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    Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, 2005. Designed to inform law enforcement about the basic functional requirements that all CAD systems should have in order to achieve interoperability.

Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement Records Management Systems

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    Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, 2005. Designed to inform law enforcement about the basic functional requirements that all RMS systems should have in order to achieve interoperability.

Tips for Ensuring Successful Technology Implementation (Fact Sheet)

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2006. This article outlines 10 tips for proper implementation of technology.

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