The FBI is starting a new program that allows federal law enforcement agencies and state and local police forces to share information throughout local regions, says Government Executive magazine. The Regional Data Exchange works through local law enforcement offices and allows state, local, and tribal law enforcement investigators access to federal information and intelligence data relevant to investigations within their jurisdictions. The FBI did not provide cost estimates for the system, but said it is paid for by regional and local law enforcement agencies.
The program was launched in St. Louis as part of the FBI’s National Information Sharing System, and a similar program will be established in Seattle later this summer. The system will add data from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. FBI spokeswoman Megan Baroska said the agency has not decided which location will next receive the system, but the decision will be driven by threat-based factors. The FBI hopes to implement the program nationwide, but a timeline has not been set.