The Office of Justice Programs awarded over $35 million in grant funding to support the Regional Information Sharing Systems network, including over $5 million to a group in Arizona.
Composed of six regional centers and the RISS Technology Support Center, RISS encompasses more than 9,000 local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement and public safety agencies, which work together to share information and respond to the unique crime problems of each region, according to a release.
“A robust information sharing capability is essential to effective law enforcement and foundational to community safety,” stated OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “The Department of Justice is proud to continue its support of RISS and its members as they solve crimes, arrest criminals and work to protect Americans from violence.”
According to the release, Rocky Mountain Information Network Inc., Arizona received a total award of $5,132,681.
Groups in Florida, California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennesse also received awards ranging from $4 million to $5.8 million.
Six of the awards will fund the RISS centers and the operational costs associated with them, while the RISS Technology Support Center award will continue RISS’s national sharing capabilities and includes funding for the Ashanti Alert pilot program, which issues alerts about missing persons aged 18-64.