The Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) is a criminal justice information sharing system that will provide nationwide connectivity to disparate local, state, tribal, and federal systems for the exchange of information. N-DEx will provide law enforcement agencies with a powerful new investigative tool to search, link, analyze, and share information (for example, incident and case reports) on a national basis to a degree never before possible. N-DEx will primarily benefit local law enforcement in their role as the first line of defense against crime and terrorism.
Through N-DEx’s proposed services and capabilities, N-DEx will allow participating agencies to detect relationships between people, places, things and crime characteristics; to link information across jurisdictions; and to “connect the dots” between apparently unrelated data without causing information overload. This capability will occur primarily in the realm of structured data but can also include unstructured data. In addition, N-DEx will provide contact information and collaboration tools for law enforcement agencies that are working on cases of mutual interest.