California Attorney General Kamala Harris wants the state's police departments to exchange crime data and information about parolees as part of a broad effort to create a statewide electronic network, reports California Watch. Such a system would pump local police intelligence into the attorney general's office. In turn, the state's top lawyer would distribute research on how officers can better police their streets, as well as details on international gangs operating here.
Harris and several Southern California police executives unveiled the first piece of the network, the Community-Based Information System, run by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and linked in with 23 other police, school and housing agencies. The system is advertised as a tool to put thefts and assaults into context for officers. It adds demographic data to crime maps, showing neighborhoods' racial makeup and where residents are more likely struggling to pay their bills. This network differs from CompStat in the diversity of data it pulls together, including things like unemployment factors and high school dropout rates.