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Law Enforcement Online (LEO) Promotes Information Sharing.

Every day across the country, law enforcement, criminal justice, and public safety professionals are "signing on" to Law Enforcement Online (LEO), a secure Intranet communication system built and maintained by the FBI, to share sensitive information. They rely on LEO as their primary tool to communicate or obtain mission critical information, to provide or participate in online educational programs, and to participate in professional special interest or topically focused dialog.

Keys to LEO's rapid growth include its easy use, free services, and access availability at any time and any place. On a daily basis, the system's 23,000 users take advantage of LEO's various Web sites and electronic links, as well as its e-mail and distance learning capabilities, to stay abreast of relevant law enforcement issues; to establish or maintain contact with peers, colleagues, or experts in various fields; or to receive training on a wide range of topics.

Communication links to other agencies or organizations is particularly valuable to LEO users. In the market for new patrol vehicles or body armor? Planning to integrate your agency's records system? Have an unsolved crime or unique modus operandi? Always wanted to learn more about terrorism? The LEO system can put you in touch with other professionals across the country or with numerous special interest groups. The LEO system allows users to pose questions, gather feedback, do research, and access professional expertise.

Moreover, LEO Special Interest Groups (LEOSIGs) serve to connect users with common interests or goals. Over 50 LEOSIGs have sites on the LEO system, including the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, Criminal Intelligence Information Sharing Group, National Drug Intelligence Center, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, FBI Bomb Data Center, Asset Forfeiture Program, National Infrastructure Protection Center, and National Cybercrime Training Partnership. Group members can interact online to share information in their respective areas. LEO also can connect its users to relevant Internet sites and, therefore, can put them in touch with agencies, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, International Association of Undercover Officers, and others.

LEO access is free to qualified law enforcement, criminal justice, or public safety professionals.
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Title Annotation:Intranet communication system built and maintained by the FBI
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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