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The Truth About Data Sharing in Law Enforcement

Posted by Brandon Taylor on August 24, 2015

Truth about data sharingWith the growing demand to share data between law enforcement agencies and the increase of technology that is capable of doing so, it's natural for agencies to have questions regarding how they share data.

What data can be shared? What tools are out there for data sharing? How does data sharing work? And more. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about data sharing, the cost involved and the methods available.

That's where we can help.

In the past, data sharing was as simple as agencies pushing basic records to a central repository, which could then be searched by other departments. Most of the time, this tool was provided by a vendor who allowed participating agencies to share data as long as they used their software and were willing to pay for the service. Sometimes that cost was unreasonably high.

Although this method is still in use today, it has its limitations and hinders many agencies from sharing data because they simply don't share the same software. It also restricts access to real time data and usually prohibits agencies from having control of their systems and records.

So what are the options for data sharing today?

There are actually a lot. In fact, there are a number of low cost options, too. The only real limitation to sharing data now is your software vendor's willingness to work with other vendors, The Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies who may not be using their software.

With federal, state and local mandates all pushing for standards that require software vendors to provide data exchange engines, the days of only sharing data if you're on the same software are quickly coming to an end.

Did you know that:

  • Software providers like eFORCE Software have cost-effective tools that allow you to pass and share data with other agencies regardless of what software they are using.
  • eFORCE Software provides services to hundreds of public safety agencies across the U.S., plus the entire country of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Data sharing is not only for records? Data such as CAD to CAD info, mug shots, pre-bookings, court, civil papers, etc. can also be shared.
  • The cost to share data should not be expensive.
  • You can maintain control of your data and still be able to share it.
  • Your agency can share data with any other agency, even if they don't share the same software provider.

So what is the REAL TRUTH about data sharing? It's the responsibility of all law enforcement agencies, software providers and IT departments, to work together to increase public and officer safety through data sharing.

For more information about data sharing, give us a call at 1-888-570-4943 or send us your questions at sales@eforcesoftware.com.

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