Law Enforcement Tech Guides

Since 2002, SEARCH produced six Tech Guides that serve as helpful and informative resources to law enforcement and public safety practitioners. This series was prepared under funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects, 2nd edition
This guide is designed to provide background on communications interoperability and tools to carry out technology initiatives that make this interoperability possible. This updated second edition addresses significant technological and policy changes since the 1st edition was published in 2006. This Tech Guide, which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Program, is a companion guide to the original Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!) below. 

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Creating Performance Measures that Work
This guide is intended to provide law enforcement and justice agencies with background information and a structured process for measuring and managing performance. It’s not just about measuring the impact of a particular program. It addresses a) establishing precise, measurable priorities and objectives; b) measuring progress in addressing priorities, achieving objectives, and realizing value in real terms; c) providing incentives, establishing accountability, and ensuring that programs and operations are strategically focused and tactically implemented and monitored to achieve the results intended; and d) incorporating ongoing performance measurement into the fundamental structure and management of operations of law enforcement and justice agencies. It is a companion guide to the original Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!) below.

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Information Technology Security: How to Assess Risk and Establish Effective Policies
This guide is intended to provide strategies, best practices, recommendations, and ideas for developing and implementing IT security policies. It offers a straight-forward approach to help law enforcement agencies through an often complex process and provides a framework to gauge the performance and effectiveness of these policies. It is a companion guide to the original Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!) below. 

Now Available! SEARCH IT Security Self- and Risk-Assessment Tool
As a companion to The Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Information Technology Security: How to Assess Risk and Establish Effective Policies, the SEARCH IT Security Self- and Risk-Assessment Tool is a Microsoft Excel 2003 spreadsheet that guides you through a detailed assessment of your agency’s IT system in three categories: Management, Organizational, and Technical. (For a detailed description of this Assessment Tool, see page 61 of the Tech Guide.) For questions or assistance regarding the use of this Tool, contact us.

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects
This guide is designed to provide background on communications interoperability and tools to carry out technology initiatives that make this interoperability possible. It is a companion guide to the original Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!) below.

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Small and Rural Police Agencies A Guide for Executives, Managers, and Technologists
This user-friendly guide offers strategies, best practices, recommendations, and ideas for successful IT planning and implementation for small and rural police agencies. Please see the original Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!), and the links below for additional resources.

Resources for this Guide include:

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Law Enforcement Tech Guide
A user-friendly guide offering strategies, best practices, recommendations and ideas for successful IT planning, implementation and management.

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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