Support for Increasing Real Time Access to Criminal Investigative Information and Intelligence

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Support for Increasing Real Time Access to Criminal Investigative Information and Intelligence

Resolution

Support for Increasing Real Time Access to Criminal Investigative

Information and Intelligence

 

Submitted by: Transnational Crimes Committee

TCC.03.t16

Passed: November 2016

 

WHEREAS, transnational crime and terrorism are formidable threats to our public safety and national security; and

 

WHEREAS, that any perpetrator or facilitator should be able to enter or remain in the United States undetected by law enforcement poses an unacceptable risk that must be addressed as comprehensively as possible; and

 

WHEREAS, in the United States, law enforcement is a national enterprise that encompasses more than 18,000 individual agencies; and

 

WHEREAS, although distinguished from each other by their respective missions and jurisdictions local, state, federal, and Tribal - each agency has a compelling need for real-time access to criminal investigative information and intelligence regarding the identities, activities, and associates of individuals who are of official concern; and

 

WHEREAS, through a process called Federation, INTERPOL Washington offers all U.S. law enforcement agencies the ability to query both domestic and INTERPOL indices in a single search transaction, enabling them to make a concurrent determination of both the domestic and transnational criminal or terrorist threat posed by persons and items of investigative interest; and

 

WHEREAS, processed through established national information sharing environments such as the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets), federated searches can be conducted from both fixed and mobile IT platforms that include vehicle-mounted and hand-held devices; and

 

WHEREAS, contributed by its 190 member countries, investigative information is available from INTERPOL Washington on;

 

Wanted Persons: International alerts for fugitives, suspected criminals, persons linked to or of interest in an ongoing criminal investigation, missing persons, and persons and entities subject to UN Security Council Sanctions;

Stolen Motor Vehicles: Records on nearly 7 million stolen motor vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, heavy machinery, and motorcycles) and identifiable spare parts, including more than 3 million records from North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean;

Stolen and Lost Travel Documents: Records on more than 50 million passports (including blanks), visas, and identity documents that have been reported stolen, lost, or revoked by the national issuing authorities in INTERPOL member countries; and

Illicit Firearms: Records pertaining to stolen and illegal firearms;

 

WHEREAS, federated access to INTERPOL's global investigative data can significantly enhance criminal investigations, increase officer safety, and afford better protection to local communities; and

 

WHEREAS, moreover, because it does not contain classified national security information, INTERPOL's data can be readily and safely shared with law enforcement agencies in any INTERPOL member country; and

 

WHEREAS, to combat the formidable threats to our public safety and national security the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes the need to query both domestic and international indices; therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) supports the Federation initiative which offers all U.S. law enforcement agencies the ability to query both domestic and INTERPOL indices in a single search transaction, enabling them to make a concurrent determination of both the domestic and transnational criminal or terrorist threat posed by persons and items of investigative interest; and, be it

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, IACP encourages law enforcement leaders to explore participating in the INTERPOL Federation initiative which significantly increases real-time access to criminal investigative information and intelligence regarding the identities, activities, and associates of individuals who are of official concern.

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