RISS Services and Activities Report

Message From the Chair – Donald F. Kennedy

As Chair of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) National Policy Group, I am pleased to present the RISS Services and Activities Report.  This year, we are providing this information in a different format, which I believe you will find comprehensive, yet streamlined.  Above, you will find links to the Executive Report, the “RISS in Review” video, fiscal year performance metrics, and the RISS Impact Website.  I encourage you to review these materials and learn more about RISS’s accomplishments and plans for the future.

On behalf of the RISS Directors, I would like to thank our policy board members, member agencies, participants, RISS Center staff, RISS technology staff, and our partners across the country for their ongoing support.

RISS’s mission is to assist local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice partners by providing adaptive solutions and services that facilitate information sharing, support criminal investigations, and promote officer safety.  I would be remiss not to recognize our nation’s law enforcement and public safety personnel.  These brave men and women willingly put their lives in jeopardy so that our communities can remain safe.  We are honored to have the opportunity to provide services and resources that help aid their efforts and keep them safe.

I wanted to highlight a few comments that our RISS Centers have received from participating law enforcement agencies throughout the year.  From the RMIN region, County Attorney John Parker, from Cascade County, Montana, said, “RMIN offered critical assistance that helped us earn the conviction.  RMIN’s fantastic visual products helped the jury understand the evidence and the defendant’s shocking choices.”

Chief investigator Dugan Broomfield, from the Denton County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office said, “We could have done it without ROCIC’s criminal intelligence unit, but it would have taken weeks, if not months, to locate the necessary people, and not in time for the trial.  ROCIC was very helpful in putting at least nine people in prison.”  And, from my region, Detective James Godino, from the Sherborn, Massachusetts, Police Department, shared, “Without the NESPIN resource and the information, photos, and data contained within the NESPIN database, my investigation would have been much more difficult and may not have resulted in criminal charges.  This series of events is evidence that NESPIN and the employees at NESPIN are invaluable resources to the law enforcement community.”

These represent just a handful of the dozens of quotes that RISS receives each year.  We appreciate that our member agencies and users send them to us.  They inspire us to do more to help our law enforcement community.  Please know that we are dedicated to continuing to provide critical resources and investigative services that aid agencies and officers in solving crimes and removing criminals from our streets.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your in-region RISS Center.  When you need help with your investigation—Think RISS.


Donald F. Kennedy, Jr.

Chair, RISS National Policy Group

RISS has been aggressively setting and achieving performance metrics since its inception.  The RISS STatistical Assessment Team (RSTAT), chaired by one of the RISS Directors, is tasked to review the validity, meaningfulness, impact, and trend of all measures.  The RSTAT and RISS Directors routinely analyze and evaluate performance indicators and discuss findings and observations.  The RISS Quarterly Summary of Activity Report summarizes service activity and data for each RISS Center and the RTSC, as well as RISS nationwide statistics.  The Executive Summary document below provides a high-level overview of RISS’s major performance indicators for FY2016.

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RISS invites you to learn more about how RISS’s proven, innovative, evidence-based, and effective services and resources are benefiting law enforcement efforts across the nation: