Secure Web site holds Arizona law enforcement information

Secure Web site holds Arizona law enforcement information

To beef up security, Arizona Public Safety Department officials set up a secure Web site to allow state and county police and emergency divisions to exchange information. State IT workers launched the site early this month.

'All the local police agencies did not have access to all of the local and national criminal information the FBI was putting out,' said Jeff Raynor, intelligence bureau chief for the Public Safety Department. 'We hope by keeping people up-to-date and trying to help analysts decide where the situation currently is going will make our jobs easier.'

The site is attracting a lot of attention, averaging more than 400 hits a day, Raynor said. The password-protected Web page allows users to search document libraries and access message databases. It also provides links to other law enforcement Web sites, FBI watch lists and intelligence bulletins from the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.

Department IT workers constructed the site in Microsoft FrontPage with the SharePoint extension. It resides on a dual-processor Pentium II Compaq ProLiant server running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Raynor said the site was originally going to run under Linux because of fears of recent viruses attacking Microsoft servers and software. But he said he couldn't get Linux to work on the Compaq servers.

'We had no other way to push this information to all the local law enforcement. We decided to do this on Friday, and by Monday it was up,' Raynor said.

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