Law Enforcement

Bringing Crime Reporting Into the 21st Century

Project Information

Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association & Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
Location:Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Web Site:
www.lsa.org
www.lcle.la.gov
Contact:Danny Jackson, LSA Systems Manager

Client Benefits

Reduce paper and manual processing
Improve staff efficiency by streamlining operations
Provides Police Departments and Sheriff offices with an affordable record management system
Increase transparency and criminal patterns through reporting and analytics
Created an informational asset for Louisiana Crime Reporting Data

Summary of Work

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice (LCLE) and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association (LSA) contracted with TEI originally in 1994 to develop information management systems to support Louisiana crime reporting programs. Over the decades, TEI has been awarded yearly contracts to create, sustain and evolve the crime reporting systems to leverage the latest technology and to meet Federal Crime reporting standards. Using the enormous capabilities of the Internet became imperative for these agencies to collect criminal records data, report state crime statistics to the FBI, track peace officer qualifications, and schedule training for the many classes offered by LCLE. Our analysts and software engineers work daily with LCLE and LSA staff professionals to enhance the capability of these systems to make law enforcement in Louisiana more useful.

Today, systems developed by TEI are used throughout the entire law enforcement community, from small town police departments to sheriff’s offices to the state’s primary agency for coordinating law enforcement and criminal justice.

Louisiana Crime Reporting

Teaming up with LSA and LCLE, TEI established and maintains a fully functional system to capture all steps and requirements of crime reporting in Louisiana. The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) initiative, spearheaded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, is undertaking efforts to expand reporting of more detailed crime incident data among law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. The goal of NCS-X is to increase the number of agencies that report data to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) managed by the FBI so that nationally representative estimates of crime can be prepared and analyzed.

State Crime Reporting Components

LEMIS IBR – a Louisiana-based Records Management System

LIBRS – a centralized incident-based database and repository

UCR Online – an internet system to submit Uniform Crime Reports

LEMIS IBR

LEMIS IBR is a Record Management System (RMS) that uses client/server and web technologies to assist law enforcement agencies to keep track of criminal justice information, including complaints, incidents, warrants, citations, tickets, and property. Software and support is offered free of cost to all Louisiana law enforcement agencies. No software license is required and there is no database software to purchase. LEMIS is built to operate on modern Windows-based computer operating systems.

Client Benefits

Complete Records Management System
Powerful, Comprehensive Incident Database
Easy to Use Web Interface
Simplified internet installation and updates
Automates reporting for LIBRS & LUCR/SRS
Equipped with a CAD system
Complete Jail Management component

LIBRS

The Louisiana Incident-Based Reporting System (LIBRS) collects criminal incident data from law enforcement agencies throughout Louisiana. LIBRS replaces a manual system for reporting crime statistics to the FBI that had been used by law enforcement agencies for decades. Now, the data is collected at each site and sent over the Internet to the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association data center. It is then stored in a central state database and forwarded to the FBI. Louisiana is one of the only states to have a centralized incident based database at their fingertips.

Client Benefits

Centralized data repository
Automated data processing & report generation
User security management
Web portal for data submission from various Records Management Systems & report retrieval
Submitted data CANNOT enter the LIBRS database until that data has been validated and quality controlled
Converts data to NIBRS format and submits to FBI
LIBRS database archives all submitted data for future analysis

LUCR

The Louisiana Uniform Crime Reporting (LUCR) system, browser-based system, allows more than 200 sheriff’s offices and police departments from all over Louisiana the ability to enter uniform summary crime reports. Before this system, agencies were mailing in crime reports on paper. The implementation of this system has eliminated missing data, calculation errors, and reduced staff processing time. Most recently, TEI developed an automated service that sends the summary crime data directly to the FBI in an electronic format to keep Louisiana in compliance with the latest FBI standards.

Client Benefits

Ability to Manage Crime Reports
Centralized Database
Web-Based System
User Security Management
Robust Reporting Abilities
Allows for Data to be Submitted to the FBI

Post Plus

The POST Council has the responsibility of tracking all peace office training data for the state of Louisiana. Before TEI’s involvement with LCLE staff, all information was mailed or faxed on paper forms; and, the antiquated, pre-relational database management system housed confidential information on over forty thousand registrants from peace officers to firearms instructors. TEI developed the POST Plus system using ASP.NET / SQL architecture to replace the antiquated system. The project team closely followed all standards developed by LCLE staff concerning information system application development, including programming and documentation standards, as well as database schema standards. TEI also added external access for Firearm Instructors and filterable reports, such performance indicator reports, to lessen the workload of the POST staff. This system is valued by LCLE staff and Firearms Instructors because it accomplished three key goals: 1) Creation of a secure environment to house sensitive POST training data 2) Streamlined on-line system built to handle complex data management processes 3) Implementation of a user-friendly method of processing large amounts of POST training data.