Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $198,700)
Through this proposal, the criminal justice community in Henderson and Buncombe Counties seek to achieve inter-agency data sharing capability along with the ability to conduct sophisticated analyses of that data utilizing COPlink. COPLINK is a browser-based database integration program designed to assimilate information from disparate databases that can provide "one stop shopping" for all information available on persons coming in contact with the criminal justice systems. The proposed program will be a joint effort between the two county sheriff's departments and three municipal police departments to demonstrate the practicality of information sharing technology. The COPlink Operational Test Bed project intends to link the different information technology systems used to store criminal justice information by five different criminal justice agencies in Henderson and Buncombe Counties in North Carolina to address a long standing information sharing problem.