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Police to take LInX to international conference

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By Carol A. Clark

A special information-sharing initiative in Los Alamos will be featured at a gathering of law enforcement officials attending an Intergraph conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Monday through Thursday.

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy will discuss with officials from across the country and around the world Los Alamos County’s participation in the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) system. LInX is aimed at reinventing the means by which local, state and federal law enforcement agencies share criminal threat information.

“I think it’s really a good opportunity for our community to be able to highlight the fact that we have an advanced technology within our police department,” Torpy said Thursday. “I’m honored to be invited to feature one of our community’s capabilities at an international conference.”

Before 9/11, it was a difficult challenge for agencies to communicate across jurisdictional lines, Torpy said.

LInX is eliminating that challenge. NCIS, the Navy’s felony investigative, counterintelligence and security arm, designed LInX as a way for agencies across the nation to share information to reduce crime and prevent terrorism.

The county became part of a core group selected to participate in the information-sharing process as it was developing just over three years ago. The system links arrest data across jurisdictions throughout the United States so when someone breaks the law in single or multiple jurisdictions, that information becomes accessible to any agency connected to the LInX system.

LAPD’s LInX project supervisor Det. DeWayne Williams and Det. Doug Johnson were trained on the system in August by Naval Intelligence.

“It’s not only state of the art – it’s state of common sense,” Johnson said of the system that facilitates sharing critical information throughout the U.S. “It makes all the sense in the world.”

Johnson, Capt. Kevin Purtymun, Lt. Chuck Ney and two county information technology experts will accompany Torpy to next week’s Intergraph conference, which includes training on the latest innovations in communications and crime-sharing.

One workshop will focus on configuring a jail management system that compiles relevant details, Johnson said, to aid officers in monitoring inmate recidivism and other information vital to crime prevention efforts.

“It’s great to have a chief who gets these kinds of innovative systems for our department and to have him invited to showcase LInX at an international conference reflects well on our community,” Johnson said. “The entire team has done an outstanding job on this project from the IT members to our officers - They all got behind this and gave it their full support.”

Torpy thanked Los Alamos County Council members for voting to permit the LAPD to participate in the program.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office pushed to have New Mexico included as one of the prime sites and the only non-coastal state for LInX to date, Torpy said, because of Los Alamos National Laboratory and other critical infrastructures in the state.

NCIS enhanced the early architecture created by the FBI and St. Louis law enforcement to build LInX, which is implemented in 23 agencies within New Mexico along with agencies in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas, and as of March includes 80 local, state, and federal member agencies from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.