In an effort to identify investigative overlaps and to increase efficiency and officer safety, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs), in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets), and the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies (NASDEA,) developed the National Virtual Pointer System to connect law enforcement officers who may be investigating the same or related cases.
NVPS is a system that connects multiple existing investigative target deconfliction databases by granting access to participating federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies through any one of the participating systems. Once agents and officers enter the subjects of their current investigations into their target deconfliction database, the system automatically notifies them if another NVPS participant is investigating the same target. The systems do not directly communicate with each other but are connected to the NVPS message hub, which validates and routes data if the mandatory minimal data elements are submitted as part of the target deconfliction database entry.
Organizations and their Information Sharing Networks:
For this use case, the Operation Capabilities statement is: “The NVPS operational capabilities enable law enforcement officers to engage in target deconfliction with officers across the country.”
Please see the section on Operational Capabilities for more information.
Technical capabilities used in this NVPS scenario include:
Technical standards used in this NVPS scenario include:
A. The originating system creates a target record for deconfliction which is routed to the NVPS message hub.
B. The NVPS message hub routes the target record for Query to the interfaces of connected target deconfliction systems.
C. Target deconfliction system B responds to the NVPS message hub’s query with pointer index information of a matching case.
D. The NVPS message hub routes the response, which includes the point of contact information for the matching case, to the originating system.
E. The NVPS message hub also routes the response to the matching entity.
F. The originating system and matching system receives a notification Alert and displays it as a message.
G. The matching system receives a notification Alert and displays it as a message.
H. The originating and matching case officers contact each other and share investigative details as appropriate.
For each topic identified below, the question posed describes what content to provide for the related exchange profile sub-section.
Process: What business process allowed this scenario to occur? Participants agreed to required and optional data elements, exchange methodology, and use of message hub as broker.
Data: What is exchanged? Basic officer, agency, and target information. There are required and optional data elements. The optional data elements are just other identifying data about the target.
Services: How is information shared (e.g., XML, Web Service-based system)? XML based web service using GJXDM3, Nlets XML, and NDPIX text format.
Policy: What are the terms and conditions that allow this scenario to occur? NVPS Policy and Technical requirements established by the NVPS Coordinating Committee (NVPS CC) and the NVPS Technical Working Group (NVPS TWG).
Exchange Specifications These are the rules for exchange of information used in the NVPS. These requirements are developed by the participants and users of the systems and information.