i2 and Northrop Grumman Collaborate to Connect Local Law Enforcement and U.S. Navy Law Enforcement Information Exchange

Dec 22, 2010, 10:01 ET from i2

i2 Builds COPLINK Interface for U.S. Navy's LInX to Enhance Information Sharing; State of Alaska to Pilot the System

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- i2, the leading provider of intelligence and investigation software, has built an interface between COPLINK and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service's (NCIS) Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX), creating vital information sharing capabilities between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  

Developed by Northrop Grumman, LInX enhances information sharing between local, state and federal law enforcement in areas of strategic importance to the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hampton Roads, Va., Florida, Georgia, the Gulf Coast region, the National Capital Region, North Carolina, New Mexico and Southern California.  LInX provides more than 800 participating law enforcement partner agencies with secure access to regional crime and incident data and the tools needed to process it, enabling investigators to search across jurisdictional boundaries to help solve crimes and resolve suspicious events.

COPLINK, the most widely deployed lead generation tool in the United States, enables law enforcement agencies across the country to organize and rapidly analyze vast quantities of seemingly unrelated criminal data currently housed in incompatible databases and records management systems.  More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies have access to COPLINK data and about a half billion records are shared securely in COPLINK today.

i2 is working with the State of Alaska, NCIS and Northrop Grumman on a pilot program that will connect Alaska with Washington, scheduled to commence in early 2011.  Agencies in both states use a combination of COPLINK and/or LInX. Once the connection is live, agencies in Alaska, Washington or Oregon that use one or both systems will have access to both resources.  Based on results of the pilot, the new capability will be extended to other jurisdictions throughout the country using COPLINK and/or LInX.

"The investigative and analytic power of information sharing systems is directly proportional to the amount of information in them.  Our 617 users across Alaska who use both COPLINK and LInX will have access to additional data that can help solve crimes," said Bob Griffiths, executive director of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police.  "Officers, investigators and analysts will greatly benefit from the ability to easily use law enforcement information from areas outside their region.  And they will benefit from the significant cost savings by implementing a simple connection between compatible systems rather than starting from scratch."

As the former director of the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center - Northwest, Griffiths was instrumental in helping implement Alaska's Law Enforcement Information Sharing System for 42 local, state and federal agencies, which utilize COPLINK, making it the first statewide information sharing program.

"With so many law enforcement agencies using both systems, it was only natural for us to integrate COPLINK with LInX," said Robert Griffin, i2 CEO.  "Now agencies in places like Alaska can access records from one fully integrated system based on COPLINK."

"Northrop Grumman is committed to providing the best possible services to our customers and helping increase security for the citizens of the United States," said Ed Sturms, vice president of Civil Safety and Infrastructure for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector.  "The LInX-COPLINK connection will allow the 9,000 LInX users in Washington, Oregon and Alaska to access COPLINK data in Alaska and Washington.  This connectivity will enhance situational awareness and promote cross jurisdictional investigations."  

About i2

i2 is the leading provider of intelligence and investigation solutions for defense, national security, law enforcement and commercial security. Over 4,500 organizations in 150 countries rely on the i2 Intelligence-Led Operations Platform to proactively deter, prevent, predict and disrupt the world's most sophisticated criminal and terrorist threats. i2 started the intelligence revolution in 1990 and continues to lead the industry in innovation with products like Analyst's Notebook® and COPLINK®. These solutions enable public safety officers, analysts, managers, detectives and investigators to uncover hidden connections faster, deliver timely and actionable results and communicate complex situations more clearly than ever. For more information, please visit www.i2group.com.  Follow i2 on Twitter @i2group and read the i2 blog iConnect.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.