I represented the IJIS Institute, along with Executive Director Jarral, at the Global Justice Information Sharing Advisory Committee Summer 2018 Meeting in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. It was a productive meeting that brought together many of the stakeholder organizations in justice information sharing.
The Advisory Committee first heard an address from the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Mr. Jon Adler. They also heard from BJA about enhancing overdose tracking and analytic capabilities to address the opioid crisis.
The meeting featured a discussion on Global priorities and recommendations for 2018-2019. These include the following Global Executive Steering Committee and BJA recommended priorities:
- Methamphetamine abuses associated with the opioid crisis.
- Identification of the common data element of school violence three assessments.
- Information sharing gaps in immigration enforcement.
- Recommendations on improving disposition reporting.
- Law enforcement exemptions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
- Guidance on student tips and leads reporting.
The Advisory Committee meeting featured a number of updates, including one on the Critical Nontraditional Information Exchange Task Team that I chaired. The CNIE Task Team began as a priority identified by the Criminal Justice Technology Forecasting Group (CJTFG) which identified the exchange of critical nontraditional information as a priority for the justice domain. The CJTFG, in coordination with the GAC, established this task team to identify nontraditional pieces of information that are critical to law enforcement, providers, and involved individuals if shared in a criminal justice exchange. Through the use of virtual meetings, a face-to-face scoring session, webinars, and offline subgroup tasking, the team identified domains, subdomains, and the nontraditional data elements for each domain. Domain-specific subgroups worked together to identify and map: sources of the each element, recipients for the data, purposes for each exchange, and any known obstacles. All of the data elements and their associated information (sources, recipients, etc.) were incorporated into a table, which was scored and prioritized, and real-world use case scenarios were developed to demonstrate how an agency might use the information to improve outcomes. Agencies should consider these nontraditional domain data elements when planning to build or upgrading a record management system.
I later provided an IJIS update on behalf of Ashwini Jarral which included updates on current relevant IJIS projects including the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust project which will impact school safety (one of Global’s current priorities). Other updates included the IJIS Springboard Program’s Cyber Standards Check subscription service, the Courts Service Provider Directory, the resources being developed by the IJIS Background Check Task Force, and the newly formed Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee also heard updates from the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council and the Nationwide Criminal History Records Task Team. Following the updates, the Advisory Committee reviewed information from two tools/resources, the Council of State Government’s 50-State Summit on Public Safety and the FirstNet App Ecosystem.
The most important takeaways from this meeting were:
- The need for guidance on the use of drones by law enforcement and the ever-evolving challenge their use creates for law enforcement. Members suggested Global consider developing best practices and documenting success stories and model policies for the use of emerging technologies involving video such as Unmanned Arial Vehicles.
- The desire of BJS to determine how technology can help bridge the gaps in information sharing related to immigration data.
The Global Advisory Committee plans to meet again in by conference call on October 30th.