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December 21, 2015
 
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro Tours Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
 
Chairman Shapiro to Highlight PCCD Funded Information Sharing Efforts for Law Enforcement
 
Harrisburg, PA. — Today, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Chairman Josh Shapiro toured the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) in order to highlight PCCD’s efforts to increase information sharing among Pennsylvania law enforcement.   
 
Criminals have no concern for police jurisdictions or boundaries. That’s why information sharing is so important for law enforcement,” Chairman Josh Shapiro said. “Projects like these are necessary for modern and effective policing. I would like to thank District Attorney Jim Martin for his leadership on this issue. Without him I do not believe we would be standing here today.”
 
The primary purpose of the RIIC is to offer investigative case support, strategic analysis and situational awareness to county law enforcement. The RIIC provides a secure web-based portal as the single access point where investigators can post and search important information regarding alerts, BOLOs (be on the lookout for) and officer safety items.
 
PCCD has provided nearly $250,000 towards supporting the RIIC. PCCD funding has supported enhancements to data standardization, searching functions, and web-based interfacing. In addition, recent PCCD funding is supporting updates that will allow for the display of complex relationships between gang members and their affiliates.
 
“We appreciate the support of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, which provides all its partners with the technology and services needed for crime analysis, intelligence gathering and investigative abilities across jurisdictions.  The RIIC portal and the system enhancements to the RIIC gang intelligence system will benefit numerous police departments and will allow us to share data on gangs and their members and structures,” said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.
 
PCCD has played an important role in the creation of the Pennsylvania Justice Network, or JNET, as well as the Law Enforcement Justice Information System (LEJIS) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Sharing Team (MARIS). These initiatives, along with the RIIC, are part of PCCD’s mission to enhance the quality and coordination of Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. 
 
“PCCD has been at the forefront of technology and information sharing for more than a decade,” Chairman Shapiro said.  “As criminals become more sophisticated so must we. We must ensure that law enforcement here in the Lehigh Valley and beyond have the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”
 
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