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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 222362     Find in a Library
Title: Effective Police Communications Systems Require New "Governance"
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Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2008
Page Count: 2
  Annotation: This article examines the need for governance agreements between public safety agencies.
Abstract: In order for the public safety community to meet future challenges, agencies must rethink communications and data sharing procedures. For public safety agencies to communicate effectively with each other to protect and serve citizens, they must create “governance” agreements that allow them to jointly own, operate, and manage communications systems. By strengthening partnerships and improving communications, agencies can meet the challenges involved in new governance arrangements. Key points identified in this study include: shared governance should include multiple agencies as a new model for public safety; all agencies must be involved from the beginning of the project; participants must create a formal structure for governance; shared ownership and mutual trust are critical to success; elected officials and other decisionmakers must be involved; without partnerships, Federal, State, and local systems will remain incompatible, hindering future communications and duplicating efforts; and public safety agencies must educate their communities about the benefits of shared governance.
Main Term(s): Public safety coordination ; Communications
Index Term(s): Police services coordination ; Public agencies ; Databases ; Regional information sharing systems
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: From IN Short: Toward Criminal Justice Solutions, June 2008
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