A database that allows the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments to share crime information for analyzing terrorism threats would be expanded to include 45 other law enforcement agencies in the county under a $7-million contract endorsed yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Despite concern about sharing sensitive information widely, the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee endorsed the plan. “This is critical to our terrorism strategy in Southern California,” Los Angeles deputy police chief Mark Leap said. “What this system will do is link all he disparate law enforcement databases together so analysts in the Joint Regional Intelligence Center will have access to that information and will be able to connect the dots.”
The center has received 483 tips and leads on potential terrorism since it opened in July. Eventually, the Los Angeles County system, called COPLINK, will be connected to similar systems in Orange and San Diego counties.