December 28, 2012
Originally published in the December 2012 edition of the CJIS Link, Volume 14, Number 3
For more than 17 years, the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) system has been providing free, secure, Web-based communications to the law enforcement community. Over the years, LEO has continuously grown and modified to meet changing law enforcement requirements. In October 2012, LEO access was transformed with a “rehost” project that modernized both hardware and software and migrated LEO capabilities to the LEO Enterprise Portal (LEO-EP).
The new LEO-EP uses single sign-on technology. That means users can log on to one authorized Identity Provider (such as a state or local police network) and automatically gain access to the LEO-EP homepage. The page is personalized for each user and includes links to “portals” for the services the user is authorized to access via LEO, such as the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx), Joint Automated Booking System (JABS), or the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
The LEO program continues to work with its partners to add new services and link criminal justice customers to useful tools. Services currently available to authorized users via the LEO-EP include:
- Regional Information Sharing System (RISS)—A system that provides timely access to a variety of criminal intelligence databases.
- Intelink—A secure portal for integrated intelligence dissemination and collaboration efforts.
- N-DEx—A powerful, investigative tool that provides law enforcement agencies with the ability to search, link, analyze, and share criminal justice information.
- JABS—A repository of federal arrest information.
- IC3—A vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.
- National Gang Intelligence Center—A multi-agency effort that integrates gang information from local, state, and federal law enforcement entities to serve as a centralized intelligence resource for gang information and analytical support.
- US DOJ IDEA my FX—A Web-based capability that allows files/folders to be securely transferred among cross-organizational teams.
- News Highlights
- Virtual Office
- Virtual Command Centers
- Special Interest Groups
For now, new users still need to sign up for a LEO account to access the LEO services on the LEO-EP. However, work is underway to make LEO services available to all LEO-EP users, even those who do not have a LEO account. Users will be able to use their organization-based e-mail addresses making LEO e-mail optional.
For more information about the advantages of the LEO-EP, how to become an Identity Provider, or simply to sign up to use the services, contact the CJIS Division’s LEO Program via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.