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7/3/2014
09:06 AM
Wai-Ming Yu & Jody Weis
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3 Myths Of Police Data Integration, Debunked

Databases that don't talk to each other are hurting law enforcement: If police can't connect the dots across state lines, bad guys can get away. Data integration is key.

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SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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7/29/2014 | 5:32:58 PM
Re: One sucessful criminal justice data integration project
@anon: That is a rarity. We see some states pulling files off shelves to see into the matter, but only a small percentage accomplishes this task quickly. When the crime has been done, timely advancements matter.
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7/29/2014 | 5:32:21 PM
Nobody likes to do Paperwork
Most of the organizations have to deal with increasing lots of documentation of paper works onto an online database, and management of that database is increasingly becoming difficult to maintain because the crime rate is increasing with the technical advancements brought. We see thugs tracking celebrities to break into their homes when they?re not around.
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7/7/2014 | 11:35:46 AM
One sucessful criminal justice data integration project
Following a tragic, high-profile pair of murders by two felons who "fell through the system's cracks" one state successfully pulled its disparate databases together and increased analysis and access. http://www.sas.com/en_us/customers/nc-office-of-state-controller.html  Officials have since credited the unified systems with numerous instances that resulted in getting bad guys off the street.
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7/3/2014 | 2:20:28 PM
Re: 3 Myths Of Police Data Integration, Debunked
This reminds me a lot of the trouble that Healthcare organizations are having with integrating EHR between one another and generally adapting to new technology and regulations in recent years. It reminds me of that in the sense that I'm surprised, and at the same time not surprised, just how far two seemingly perfect, even necessary, areas (law enforcement & healthcare) where modern technology could and should make a difference, are lagging behind. Stop to consider that the government is involved so closely with both these sectors, and maybe it suddenly becomes not all that surprising.

I think it's that much more impressive that our law enforcement (and again, healthcare professionals) do as much good work as they do with such limited budgets and technology - but maybe that's a topic for another time. As for the discussion at hand, I think it's fair to say that law enforcement needs a kick in the pants to get them to adopt the technology they should have adopted a decade ago. I'm sure there is plenty of red tape to get through, but this is something we can't afford to cut corners on. If it's more money they need, well... we shouldn't be surprised what happens when we constantly insist on lower taxes. We have a role in this as citizens.
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