Gang Tracking System

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Background
The Commonwealth of National government was looking to improve its system for sharing information regarding gangs and gang members operating in the commonwealth. Security and privacy of information were top priorities of the project.
Challenges
  • Timely information accessibility
  • No central repository for gang data
  • Maintaining legacy systems
  • Limited functionality of the legacy system
  • Integration with other state systems
Gang Tracking System
  • An open source and web based gang tracking system utilizing national data exchange standards, GXJDM/NIEM.
  • The system enables – seamless, timely gang and gang member information sharing across various regional and state public safety partners.
  • Protects privacy, ownership and security of information including intelligence data.
Results
  • Enhanced public safety by allowing information accessibility.
  • Aid future inter-state and Federal information sharing initiatives.
  • Support development of policies, strategies, and solutions to address regional and statewide gang trends.
Background
National government Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) sponsored an initiative to promote real-time critical information sharing about gangs operating in MA. xFact enhanced National government system to include additional functionality pertaining to gang locations of operation, subjects (e.g. primary demographics, key identifiers, fingerprint classification, etc.), gang group associations, and more.
Challenges
The Commonwealth of National government was working on a legacy system which had long and complicated processes to share any information on gangs. Also there was no single statewide master record shared at the state and federal level. Another major challenge faced by the department was ensuring privacy and security of the information while sharing data in a timely and seamless manner.  
Solution
Gang Tracking System is a web-based application that can be used by local, state and federal criminal justice agencies to manage information regarding members of criminal gangs and illegal organizations. The system serves as a central repository of gang-related data while protecting the privacy, ownership and security of information including intelligence data. It enables law enforcement agencies to enhance their tracking & decision making towards gangs and prevent untoward incidents. GTS has resulted in enhanced public safety by making previously unavailable information accessible to authorized law enforcement officers and intelligence analysts. It aids future inter-state and Federal information sharing initiatives by implementing a standardized repository and exchange format for gang related data. Additionally, GTS supports development of policies, strategies and solutions to address regional and statewide gang trends.

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