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NCJ Number: 222362 Find in a Library
Title: Effective Police Communications Systems Require New "Governance"
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: June 2008
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Overview Text
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the need for governance agreements between public safety agencies.
Abstract: In order for the public safety community to meet future challenges, agencies must rethink communications and data sharing procedures. For public safety agencies to communicate effectively with each other to protect and serve citizens, they must create “governance” agreements that allow them to jointly own, operate, and manage communications systems. By strengthening partnerships and improving communications, agencies can meet the challenges involved in new governance arrangements. Key points identified in this study include: shared governance should include multiple agencies as a new model for public safety; all agencies must be involved from the beginning of the project; participants must create a formal structure for governance; shared ownership and mutual trust are critical to success; elected officials and other decisionmakers must be involved; without partnerships, Federal, State, and local systems will remain incompatible, hindering future communications and duplicating efforts; and public safety agencies must educate their communities about the benefits of shared governance.
Main Term(s): Communications; Public safety coordination
Index Term(s): Databases; Police services coordination; Public agencies; Regional information sharing systems
Note: From IN Short: Toward Criminal Justice Solutions, June 2008
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