December 21, 2015
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
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.”
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.
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.”
Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning
within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of
services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Leonard, 717.265.8539
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