FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2004
CONTACT: LINDA MANSOUR
NATIONAL CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SHARING PLAN
ďThis plan represents law enforcementís commitment to take it upon
itself to ensure that the dots are connected, be it in crime or terrorism. The
plan is the outcome of an unprecedented effort by law enforcement agencies,
with the strong support of the Department of Justice, to strengthen the
nationís security through better intelligence analysis and sharing.Ē
- Attorney General John Ashcroft, May 14, 2004
The Department of Justice is effectively pursuing the goals of the National
Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan by ensuring that all of its components are
effectively sharing information with each other and the rest of the nationís
law enforcement community.
Activities by DOJ and Related Agencies:
- Through the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Attorney
General captures the views of more than 30 groups representing 1.2 million
justice professionals from all levels of government. Global members wrote the
National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan and published guides, best
practices, and standards for information sharing.
- The Departmentís Chief Information Officer, under the authority of the Deputy
Attorney General, has formed a Law Enforcement Information Sharing Initiative
to establish a strategy for the Department of Justice to routinely share
information to all levels of the law enforcement community and to guide the
investment of resources in information systems that will further this goal.
The strategy identifies how the Department of Justice will support the
implementation of the Plan.
- The newly established Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) under
Global will serve to set national-level policies to implement the Plan and
monitor its progress on the state and local level. The CICC will work with the
Departmentís Law Enforcement Information Strategy Initiative and with the
Justice Intelligence Coordinating Council, created by a directive of the
Attorney General, to improve the flow of intelligence information among
federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has built an enterprise-wide
intelligence program to fulfill its responsibility to get vital information
about those who would do us harm to those who can act to prevent that harm. To
that end, the FBI has built robust intelligence production and sharing
processes enabled by technologies developed and operated by the Criminal
Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Division. The FBI has established an
intelligence requirements process to both drive its investigative work against
common threats and to satisfy the information needs of the larger U.S.
national security community, including other partners in law enforcement. This
process ensures that the FBI produces not only the information it can produce,
but also the information it must produce to safeguard the nation.
In addition, the FBI has implemented a policy of "writing to release" to
ensure the maximum amount of information is pushed to key customers and
partners at the lowest possible classification level. The FBI Intelligence
Webpage on Law Enforcement Online was created to make this information
available at the unclassified level for FBI partners in state, local, and
tribal law enforcement. Finally, the FBI has established Field Intelligence
Groups (FIG) in each FBI field office to ensure the execution of the
intelligence program in FBI field divisions. The FIGs are the bridge that
joins national intelligence with regional and local intelligence information
through entities like the Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program and the Regional Information Sharing
Systems (RISS), is developing the National Virtual Pointer System (NVPS) that
will allow federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies access
to pointer databases through a single point of entry. Through NVPS,
participating agencies will be able to determine if any other law enforcement
entity is focused on the same investigative target-regardless of the crime.
They will be linked to the agent or law enforcement officer who has
information on the related case. Information will be transmitted over the
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and RISSnet, the secure
web-based communication system operated by a collaborative organization of
state and local justice officials.
- All components of the Department of Justice have adopted a common language for
sharing information among differing computer systems, the Justice XML Data
Dictionary. All federal grant programs to criminal justice agencies will also
include a special condition calling for the use of this standard.
- The Department of Justice, through the FBI, Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
and the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS), is providing
training and technical assistance to criminal justice policy leaders, law
enforcement professionals, and information technology professionals in
standards and policies to enable information sharing, improve the use of
intelligence by law enforcement, and build systems that tie into the nationís
existing information-sharing networks.