The Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized Marietta's technology (IT) and Police departments October 12 for a program that allows law enforcement agencies across the country to submit information about a person's criminal life, which enhances the nation's ability to fight crime and terrorism. Marietta is leading the way as the first law enforcement agency in Georgia to use the National Data Exchange (NDEx) database.
"Cooperation and information sharing among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies is crucial to efficient, effective law enforcement," police chief Dan Flynn said. "Considering that criminals do not observe jurisdictional boundaries, when confronted by law enforcement, they are deceptive about past or current criminal activities, and many rely on weak information sharing between law enforcement agencies to stay ahead of the law," he said. "NDex helps us overcome all three of these realities."
What NDEx does
- Allows law enforcement agencies nationwide to exchange info including incident and case reports, booking and incarceration data, and parole/probation info
- Detects relationships among people, vehicles, property, location and/or crime characteristics
- Helps form relationships between information that is seemingly unrelated
- Supports multi-jurisdictional task forces - enhancing national information sharing, links between regional and state law enforcement agencies and virtual regional information sharing
- Most info sharing between police agencies today: case-by-case basis or through local and regional information systems
What investigators can do with NDEx
- Search for a suspect's "modus operandi" and for clothing, tattoos, associates, cars, etc., which helps link individuals, places and things
- Receive notifications of similar investigations and suspects
- Identify criminal activity hotspots and crime trends
- Assess threat level of individuals and addresses
- Access visualization and mapping features
"After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security was looking for a way that allowed law enforcement agencies nationwide to share information better," Marietta systems manager Nick Miletic said. "The National Data Exchange program (N-DEx) is one answer to that challenge," he said.
"The police department knows that the best way to serve and protect its citizens is to work collaboratively with other jurisdictions and at times become pioneers with not only the training we conduct, but with the technology we employ," Flynn said.
"We are continually submitting new records automatically as they are generated, which not only provides a significant amount of data for other agencies nationwide to use for their own intelligence, but also provides the Marietta Police Department with an investigative tool that can automatically create correlations and link analysis charts to assist in criminal investigations and identify potential or upcoming terrorist activity," Miletic said. "We have once again proven ourselves to be a progressive city and always be on the leading edge of technology."
The International Association of Chiefs of Police honored Marietta in 2004 for being the first agency in the nation to submit data to N-DEx for phase one data submission.
More info: Marietta's Information Technology Department, 770-794-5588