How does LEITSC function?
The Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC), funded through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), fosters the growth of strategic planning and implementation of integrated justice systems by:
· promoting the merits of information technology standards:
· providing advice to the nation's law enforcement community on technical aspects of IT standards;
· sharing practical solutions; and
· representing the voice of law enforcement in the expansion of justice and public safety information technology standards.
The first year of funding provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) established LEITSC and allowed the group to lay a solid foundation for the project. Accomplishments of the group include the organization and staffing of project; the identification of association staff and membership representatives; creation of project charter; the development and implementation of operational plan; outreach by utilizing association IT initiatives and collaboration with external initiatives; the coordination of quarterly council meetings; and, the development of a strategic plan.
The strategy proposed utilizes committees comprised of law enforcement information integration practitioners, industry representatives and justice standards representatives to review and evaluate existing information technology standards, specifically functional and technical XML standards. They will determine if the standards reviewed fit the needs of law enforcement and make recommendations accordingly. In addition, a detailed communications plan will be designed and implemented to leverage each association’s means to communicate the need and availability of information technology standards to the law enforcement community, and to involve the Council in on-going standards development.