|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
A. DeWade Langley
Public Information Director
9/14/07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Information Technology Fights Crime in Oklahoma
Oklahoma law enforcement has a new tool in the fight against crime. The Oklahoma Automated Secure Information Sharing Project, or OASIS, became operational in March 2007. Today, it became fully functional after several months of testing. The information sharing computer portal allows information from participating law enforcement agencies to be shared. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security is providing the funding for the development and implementation.
Currently, the Oklahoma City Police Department, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are pooling information from 23 data sources including arrest reports and field information data to be used for analysis in anticipating and preventing future criminal acts.
Implementation of such a sophisticated law enforcement portal and the underlying data warehouse required a massive computer architecture and network infrastructure that is mainly hosted at the OSBI data center in Oklahoma City. A backup system is also available.
“The need for such an information sharing tool became obvious after the Murrah Building bombing in 1995,” OSBI Director DeWade Langley says. “The pooling of intelligence information between local, state and federal authorities can thwart such acts of terrorism.”
OASIS will also help uncover the funding of terrorism through fraud. Many terrorist organizations are funded through schemes such as insurance fraud. The sharing of information about these scams will allow law enforcement to detect and disrupt the funding.
Records from each of the participating agencies will be stored in a data warehouse that allows officers at various levels of investigation access to OASIS. This gives patrol officers a better idea with whom they are dealing on the streets, and it gives investigators and criminal analysts the benefit of a larger pool of information to review for criminal trends. For example, patrol officers checking someone through OASIS may discover the subject is a “person of interest” to Oklahoma’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which would like to know more information such as the type of vehicle this person may be driving, with whom they are traveling, and what they were doing at the time they were stopped by the officer.
“OASIS is an information management program that helps cops better utilize the information we already have available,” Langley says.
The tactical information stored in OASIS will be available to all police agencies in the state via the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (OLETS), a separate network that is accessible to most law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma.