For Immediate Release
June 27, 2005
FBI National Press Office
Announces Operational Status of its National Information Sharing System
, DC -- The FBI announced today further implementation of the National Information
Sharing Strategy (NISS). Within the NISS framework, the first Regional Data
Exchange, or R-DEx, became operational in St. Louis during the last week
of February, 2005. Late this summer, R-DEx will link with the Naval Criminal
Investigative Services' Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX), which
serves as the Seattle region's NCIS and local and regional law enforcement
The FBI plans to further enhance R-DEx through the addition of DEA, ATF, US Marshals,
and Bureau of Prison investigative data. R-DEx will serve as the first of several
systems contributing Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Information Sharing
Program (LEISP). R-DEx will give state, local, and tribal law enforcement appropriate
access to federal investigative and intelligence information that is critical
to protecting our nation. R-DEx provides detectives, investigators, and analysts
the ability to view the linkage across multiple cases and their jurisdictions.
These links include individuals, vehicles, weapons, addresses, phone numbers
or other types of links. The new program also allows cases to be plotted on to
maps in order to identify geographical patterns or links.
The FBI's Chief Information
Officer, Zalmai Azmi, stated: "One of the strongest defenses the United
States has in our efforts against terrorism is to ensure that law enforcement
agencies have the information they need to detect and prevent possible threats.
R-DEx is a major step towards the goal of open information sharing between
law enforcement agencies across the country. The FBI will continue to increase
access between R-DEx and other regional state, local and tribal law enforcement
The R-DEx system greatly
enhances law enforcement's information sharing initiatives. One example of
this sharing, from the St. Louis system, is that the FBI, the Illinois State
Police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police,
the St. Louis County Police and the St. Clair County ( Illinois) Sheriff's
Department are able to research each others case information. The program
also allows users to update their law enforcement data as frequently as desired.
R-DEx supports FBI Director
Mueller's vision and the national mandate to increase information sharing.
The DOJ will continue to establish data sharing agreements and expand the
deployment of the R-DEx capability.
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