Frelinghuysen, Essex County Sheriff Announce $400,000 for Law Enforcement Records Management System
West Caldwell, NJ - Knowing that our police officers needed the latest and best technology to keep our communities safe, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced that $400,000 in federal funding will be used to design, develop, and implement a Records Management System (RMS) for regional, Essex County, and local law enforcement agencies.
"In this post 9/11 world, it is imperative our law enforcement agencies have the latest and best 21st century technology and equipment to do their jobs and keep us safe," said Frelinghuysen, New Jersey's senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. "With this funding, the Sheriff will be able to design, develop, and implement a Records Management System where local, county, state, and federal officials can more easily record, store, and retrieve department records about criminal and terrorist activity."
The RMS will eliminate inherent redundancies and separate record-keeping operations by housing all law enforcement workloads in one central location. Using this system, officers on the street and investigators will be able to more easily quantify and measure what types of crimes occur and where they happen.
Ultimately, the RMS will be made available through a web-based portal to local and regional law enforcement agencies. The system will be a shared repository that will be allied with regional and state information sharing initiatives. These repositories will also be available to federal agencies for criminal and terrorist investigations.
Frelinghuysen added, "When the RMS is complete, law enforcement will be able to better measure where, when, and why certain crimes or terrorist incidents happen."
The Congressman secured funding for the Records Management System in the Fiscal Year 2005 and 2006 Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations bills.