Event Deconfliction Background

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Officer Safety Event Deconfliction

Nationwide Officer Safety Event Deconfliction logo Event deconfliction is the process of determining when law enforcement personnel are conducting an event in proximity to one another at the same time. Events include law enforcement actions such as undercover operations, surveillance, and executing search warrants. When certain elements (e.g., time, date, location) are matched between two or more events, a conflict results. Immediate notification is made to the affected agencies or personnel regarding the identified conflict.

There are three nationally recognized event deconfliction systems:

  • Case Explorer was developed and is operated by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Case Explorer is used by some HIDTAs throughout the country.
  • SAFETNet is also used by some HIDTAs and other law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) houses and provides access to the different instances of SAFETNet via the EPIC Data Broker.
  • RISSafe was developed and is operated by the RISS Program. RISSafe is used by RISS, some HIDTAs, fusion centers, and other entities.

These systems are connected using the interface solution known as the Partner Deconfliction Interface (PDI). The PDI serves as a pointer (or system-to-system) solution. When a submission is made to one of the event deconfliction systems, the PDI enables a query against the two other systems. If a conflict is identified, information regarding that conflict is returned to the submitter, and notifications are made to the affected officers. This nationwide coverage marks a significant milestone in furthering officer and citizen safety. (Note: Work continues to integrate New York.)

Event deconfliction is available to all law enforcement agencies and officers, and there is no cost to use an event deconfliction system. Since the systems were integrated, more than 1,000 conflicts have been identified. These represent potential law enforcement-related conflicts that would not otherwise have been identified without integrating these systems.

Visit www.ncirc.gov/deconfliction for more information on event deconfliction and the integration of the three systems. This website includes an interactive map providing contact information for the systems available in your area. It also includes a model event deconfliction policy, frequently asked questions, and other educational resources.

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