he Office of Justice Programs, in the U.S. Department of Justice, initiated funding for the Matrix (Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange) project in response to the increased need for timely information sharing and exchange of terrorism-related information among members of the law enforcement community.
The Matrix pilot project is an effort to increase and enhance the exchange of sensitive terrorism and other criminal activity information between local, state, and federal agencies. The project leverages and integrates existing and proven technology to provide a new capability to assist law enforcement in identifying and analyzing terrorist and other criminal activity and appropriately disseminating it to law enforcement agencies nationwide in a secure, efficient, and timely manner.
The Matrix project is implementing factual data analysis from existing data sources to integrate disparate data from many types of storage systems to identify, develop, and analyze terrorist activity and other crimes for investigative leads. This capability will facilitate integration and exchange of information between the participating states, including criminal history, driver's license data, vehicle registration records, and incarceration and corrections records with significant amounts of public data record entries. The use of factual data analysis from existing data sources will save countless investigative hours and significantly improve the opportunity for successful conclusion of investigations.
Information submitted by a state may only be disseminated in accordance with restrictions and conditions placed on it by the submitting state, pursuant to the submitting state's laws and regulations. Information will be made available only to law enforcement agencies and only on a need-to-know basis. ♦
For questions regarding the MATRIX Project, please call Special Agent Phil Ramer in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Office of Statewide Intelligence at 850-410-7060.
From The Police Chief, vol. 70, no. 11, November 2003. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.