This project proposes the operation of an National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)-Regionals/ Resource Outreach Center (ROC) for Major City/County and State Criminal Justice Agencies (those having 50 or more sworn personnel), with a "stream-lined" NLECTC Regional System, with staff distributed across the nation, working from "virtual" offices. This approach provides more value for less cost by optimizing regional outreach from a centralized, coordinated source, and realizes cost efficiencies through the elimination of redundant operation. It also leverages Lockheed Martin's current operation of NLECTC-National, which currently provides overarching support to the Regional Centers.
Other program structure advantages include the following:
- Consolidation of existing subject-matter expertise within the system to maintain continuity of operations as well as refocusing advisory group efforts on regional advocacy and technology needs/requirements development.
- Provision of greater access to a broader constituency base through the development of a single, system-wide marketing strategy tailored to meet specific constituent needs and the implementation of innovative, cost-effective Web-based tools to allow for feedback from constituents regarding marketing strategy efficacy.
- Identification and incorporation of region-specific needs into the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) process while at the same time maintaining a focus on the needs of small/rural and specialized agencies, thus building new partnerships and enhancing existing ones.
- Coordination of regionally based NIJ research and development (R&D) expos (i.e., technology fairs) to receive feedback on projects and build new partnerships
- Offering an expanded slate of national and regional law enforcement, corrections and forensics conferences and trade shows, collaborating with the Centers of Excellence to showcase their R&D projects at these events.