The Department of Justice awarded the Law Enforcement Support Agency (LESA) $3,299,561 for LESA’s Accelerated Response using Integrated Analysis and Technology (LARIAT), as part of the Recovery Act’s Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive grant program. LARIAT is a unique design based in part on existing Real-Time Crime Centers in New York City, Memphis and other high-crime metropolitan areas. The intent of LARIAT is to assist law enforcement efforts in reducing violent crime and increasing violent crime arrests through data-driven analysis and intervention, as well as community-based technology-assisted intervention.
“Information is the life-blood of law enforcement and effective criminal justice,” Governor Chris Gregoire said. “This federal funding gives Pierce County law enforcement officers yet another tool to reduce crime, and improve officer safety by providing real-time information about potentially dangerous situations.”
Governor Gregoire was among the elected officials who supported LESA’s grant application. The application was also supported by members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, local community groups, and LESA’s Executive Board which is comprised of Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, Tacoma Police Department Chief Don Ramsdell, Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, University Place Public Safety Liaison Jennifer Hales, and Citizen-at-Large LeRoy Revelle.
Based out of LESA’s existing 9-1-1 communications center, LARIAT will be staffed by crime analysts and tactical analysis coordinators that will monitor incoming 9-1-1 calls, serving as a collection and analysis point for law enforcement officers in the field. Analysts will utilize the data mining capabilities of LESA’s existing suite of technology programs, the federal LInX Northwest system and joint community/police real-time databases – effectively empowering responding officers with actionable leads such as eyewitness-provided information, suspect identifiers and associations, and domestic violence alerts to name just a few.
An intriguing part of LARIAT is that it is not law enforcement exclusive. Communities and businesses can be a part of the process to make their neighborhoods safer. LARIAT will be able to incorporate video from citizens, neighborhood associations and businesses to create a region-wide “cyber block watch.”Print This Post