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02Jan2015

SEARCH Partners with APPA, ICAOS to Develop and Pilot Adult Offender Information Exchange for Law Enforcement

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Thousands of adult probationers and parolees are transferred across state lines every year.  Some of the transferees are potentially dangerous or high-risk—and notifying local law enforcement in the receiving state of these offender transfers can raise officer awareness and safety.

SEARCH partnered with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) to develop and pilot a new information exchange that uses state fusion centers to provide offender transfer notifications to local law enforcement agencies.

APPA was the lead organization in this project, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, while SEARCH provided technical expertise.

ICAOS represents the sole authority for regulating the transfer of adult probationers and parolees across states, including more than 150,000 transfer requests annually.

Using Global standards such as the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), APPA and SEARCH helped implement a pilot exchange involving the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), that state’s fusion center, beginning in September 2013.  The exchange focused on a subset of state-to-state transferees—those offenders deemed to be potentially dangerous or the highest risk.

During the pilot, NYSIC received from ICAOS more than 200 notifications of high-risk probationers/parolees entering the State of New York.  In turn, NYSIC disseminated these notifications to local police departments throughout the state to improve officer safety, raise situational awareness, and promote collaboration between police, probation, and parole agencies.

The vast majority of information exchange between law enforcement, probation/parole, and corrections is done at the local level.  This new capability enables states to provide valuable and timely information to local jurisdictions on the movement of high-risk offenders.

ICAOS, APPA and SEARCH are planning to expand the exchange to other states and state fusion centers across the country—it can be deployed quickly at low cost, and may be able to be used for other applications.

In October 2014, SEARCH and APPA staff participated in a podcast to share details of this pilot information exchange.  The 30-minute podcast is available on the DC Public Safety website of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) of the District of Columbia.  Participants included Yogesh Chawla, SEARCH Information Sharing Specialist, and Adam Matz, Research Associate, APPA.

Have questions about this pilot project, GRA/NIEM, or information sharing among justice agencies? Contact us

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