Blog https://nlets.org/ en Nlets News: Mobile Device Lookup Service Now Available https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-news-mobile-device-lookup-service-now-available <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets News: Mobile Device Lookup Service Now Available</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/website%20graphic_1.png?itok=Ku7uBEgz" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Roy Chancellor</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Nlets is now offering a new Mobile Device Lookup service that gives law enforcement agencies access to information about mobile devices for criminal investigation and crime reduction activities. The new service leverages the <a href="https://www.recipero.com/national-mobile-property-register">Recipero National Mobile Property Register</a> (NMPR) search which returns status and history information about a mobile device based on its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. The IMEI is unique to a mobile device, much like a VIN is unique to a vehicle, and may be found in the device settings or from the carrier associated with the device.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Source</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Recipero collects information on mobile devices from multiple authoritative sources and has billions of records from multiple countries, U.S. law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, and more. This information has helped police agencies investigate crime involving mobile devices, such as:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Theft from individuals or retail locations or recovered at crime scenes</span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Smuggling, fraud, and human trafficking rings</span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Disaster recovery and border patrol</span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>How to Use the Service</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Nlets Mobile Device Lookup service uses two message keys, MDQ for the initial query and MDR for the response. The MDQ requires two pieces of information: A device IMEI number and a three-letter purpose code. Optionally, users may also include a case number or other identifying information about the search.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In response, Nlets returns a MDR message containing status and historical information about the device based on the Recipero NMPR system. Additionally, Recipero logs calls to its NMPR service so future MDQ messages with the same IMEI will show all prior searches.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Use Case</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>While investigating a crime scene at which several suspects had been arrested on charges of distributing narcotics, investigators discovered multiple high-end mobile phones. Suspecting the phones might be involved in illegal activity, investigators gathered the IMEI numbers from the phones and sent MDQ messages to Nlets. The returned MDR messages revealed the phones were all recently reported stolen from a local retailer, allowing investigators to link the suspects to the theft and add robbery to their charges.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Additional Information</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Nlets users may consult <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_50:_Mobile_Device_Lookup">Section 50 of the Nlets Wiki</a> to learn more. For specific questions, <a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">contact the Nlets Service Center</a> for more information.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Tue, 24 May 2022 23:24:46 +0000 opaulson 151 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Marc Dragoo https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-marc-dragoo <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Marc Dragoo</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/Team%20Tuesday%20Template.png?itok=btnwQ_YK" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Marc Dragoo, an Operations Services Analyst at Nlets. He has been with Nlets for 2.5 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more). </p> <p><strong>Q. What are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role? </strong></p> <p>My role as an Operations Analyst includes proactive monitoring of the entire Nlets production environment, assisting Nlets State, Federal, and Strategic Partners with technical troubleshooting or general questions such as how to send certain messages, as well as providing technical support to Nlets staff. </p> <p><strong>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why? </strong></p> <p>My favorite part about working at Nlets is knowing that my job makes a difference in people’s lives. I have worked for large corporations for most of my career and in those environments, it is very easy to feel like you are just a tiny cog in a giant machine, and your job does not impact anyone. Nlets is vastly different in that regard, and I take pride in knowing what I do everyday makes a huge difference for officers on the street. </p> <p><strong>Q. When You Are Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents? </strong></p> <p>When I am not wearing my analyst hat, I enjoy playing guitar, loudly. I am also a published photographer, aviation enthusiast, and FAA certified commercial drone pilot. </p> <p><strong>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here? </strong></p> <p>I initially chose Nlets for the job itself, as I was looking for a career change at the time. I came across the opening while perusing LinkedIn. Once I learned more about the Nlets mission, I knew it would be a great fit as I believe strongly in what we do.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 16 May 2022 18:47:51 +0000 opaulson 150 at https://nlets.org Why Your Organization Should Stop Spending Time on Your Technology https://nlets.org/resources/blog/why-your-organization-should-stop-spending-time-your-technology <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Your Organization Should Stop Spending Time on Your Technology</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=iLXVYjSL" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tony Abate</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>The landscape of technology is ever-changing. What once was in the background is now front and center for many organizations. In addition, technology has moved past being a one-way data flow for users and is now far more interactive. The result is organizations are spending more and more time on their technology infrastructure and applications, and less time on their primary mission. While technology-skilled staffing needs increase, organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with newer technologies that are supposed to help them. What was thought to be a boost to an organization’s capabilities has quickly become a liability. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>Managed Services can provide the solution needed to leverage technology to its fullest without sacrificing the primary mission. By entrusting the responsibility of management for an organization’s technology infrastructure, they can instead focus on their core goals while reducing resource and financial overhead. An organization gains the benefit of skilled resources, streamlined support services, research and development tailored to their needs, and smoother operations without needing to pivot into areas they are not as familiar with. However, it is important to determine whether a Managed Services provider is a good fit for the organization. Especially in the law enforcement community, granting control of the technology infrastructure to an external provider is an important decision that warrants the highest level of scrutiny. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>There are many points to consider when selecting a Managed Services provider. Though this is not a comprehensive list, it can provide a good outline for what to look for in a provider as it pertains to the law enforcement community.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><strong>CJIS Expertise:</strong> This is the most important element to look for in a provider. Without sufficient CJIS expertise, a provider will not be able to effectively manage an organization’s environment to the compliancy levels required by the CJIS Security Policy. The provider will need to submit to background checks and security awareness training amongst other policy requirements regarding access to the organization’s technology infrastructure. A provider with the proper expertise will know what is needed prior to engagement and will be ready to start quickly with the proper toolsets and knowledge.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Technology Compatibility:</strong> With the vast array of technology platforms available, it is important to find a provider that has expertise in the specific platforms in use by the organization. The provider should perform a review of the environment and provide the necessary credentials to show their level of expertise with the technologies in question. This should include switches, routers, firewalls, servers, virtualization, cloud services, operating systems, applications, and more.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Support Capabilities:</strong> Any selected provider should have clear support paths for initial contact and escalation. A support helpdesk that is available 24 hours a day should be a requirement and so is an escalation path that will allow for expedited service in case of an emergency.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Communication:</strong> Outsourcing an organization’s technology infrastructure should not result in a silo. The provider should be in constant communication: providing status updates, engaging in project progress, troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and pro-active monitoring. Documentation should be provided for all environments managed to the organization as well as policies and reporting. It is imperative that a provider be able to perform at this level of communication to ensure the organization is aware of what is happening within their infrastructure.</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span>Leveraging a Managed Services provider should result in less overhead for the organization. The provider should be responsible for the lifecycle of technology projects, which can be broken down as follows:</span></span></p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Research:</strong> The provider should engage with the organization on any needs based on their review of the environment and any upcoming projects. At this stage, the provider will utilize their expertise to research solutions that meet the needs of the organization while remaining cost-effective.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Recommend:</strong> Once a solution or solution options have been developed, they should be presented to the organization. The recommendation should document the need, how the solution meets that need, any additional requirements that will need to be implemented for the solution, and a complete breakdown of up-front costs as well as any ongoing costs associated with the solution.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Procurement:</strong> Some Managed Services providers are also re-sellers and can have a value-add for procurement purposes. Whether purchasing through the provider or another vendor, the provider should be involved, where appropriate, to assist in any technical questions and to review quotes and orders to ensure accuracy.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Deployment:</strong> The provider should be responsible for any physical installation where applicable and allowed. For software, cloud, or virtual solutions, the provider should also be responsible for all installation and configuration. Regular updates and milestone completions should be provided to the organization during the deployment process. Documentation and training should also be provided, once completed, where needed.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Administration:</strong> Once deployed, the provider should take ownership of the solution and manage any updates, modifications, patching, and general upkeep, providing additional documentation, where applicable, and keeping the organization informed of any changes following a standard Request for Change process.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Support:</strong> As the solution owner, the provider should now be the first point of contact for any issues with the solution, providing troubleshooting and root cause analysis. They should be responsible for engaging vendor support when needed and be timely in their responses to the organization, providing updates regularly.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Decommission:</strong> At some point in time, the solution will age out due to vendor support, newer solutions, or because it is no longer needed. In this case, the provider should be responsible for transitioning away from the solution, retaining any required data, wiping configurations, and disposing of any hardware in a CJIS-compliant manner with documentation provided to the organization. This is the final stage of a solution lifecycle.</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span>Managed Services can be the answer to many organization’s questions around technology if they meet the needs of the organization and understand the lifecycles they are responsible for. The ability to unburden technology management from their operations can free up monetary and staff resources to focus on their primary mission. Within the law enforcement community, this can be a major boost to their core services. Whether an agency or a law enforcement-adjacent private corporation, technology can transform operations and provide more robust services that ultimately serve the primary mission. With Managed Services, those benefits can be realized without the monumental effort to figure it out alone.</span></span></p> <hr /> <p><span><span>To learn more about Nlets Managed Services, <a href="mailto:solutions@nlets.org?subject=Nlets'%20Managed%20Services">contact Nlets today.</a></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 May 2022 16:55:57 +0000 opaulson 149 at https://nlets.org What to Expect at Nlets' Annual Business Meeting https://nlets.org/resources/blog/what-expect-nlets-annual-business-meeting <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What to Expect at Nlets&#039; Annual Business Meeting</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/website%20graphic.png?itok=wMhq5bp9" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong>What to Expect at the Nlets Annual Business Meeting</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Every June, Nlets hosts our Annual Business Meeting (ABM) to share recent breakthroughs, tackle current challenges, and determine our roadmap for a year of further growth and progress in law enforcement and public safety information sharing. While we have many attendees who have attended the event before, we always have first-time attendees as well. This article is intended to serve as a resource for those who have not attended before and for those who would like a refresher. Please note that most of the items in this article concern those who will be attending in-person, however, there is valuable information for virtual attendees as well. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Location</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For Nlets 2022 ABM, we will be staying at the Radisson Hotel, located at 605 E. Broadway Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501. The nearest airport is the Bismarck International Airport (BIS), and you will be able to call the hotel to arrange shuttle service to the venue. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Each year, we work with the chosen hotel to obtain a discounted rate for our guests. It’s important to make your reservation well ahead of time to take advantage of the discounted rate, and to ensure that you get a room in the block. We recommend keeping a record of your confirmation number. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you still need to reserve a hotel room for 2022, please use <a href="https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-bismarck/deals/nlets-conference?checkInDate=2022-06-15&amp;checkOutDate=2022-06-16&amp;adults%5B%5D=1&amp;children%5B%5D=0&amp;searchType=pac&amp;promotionCode=NLETS6">this link</a> . </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Per Diem</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nlets Representatives and proxies will receive a per diem for any meal that is not covered by Nlets. For the Bismarck meeting, it is $59 per day. The per diem is broken into four quarters: one for breakfast, one for lunch, and two for dinner. Remember, the per diem is not included if Nlets provides a meal, so, for example, since we are providing breakfast on Tuesday, you will receive one quarter for lunch and two quarters for dinner. On travel days, you will receive three quarters of the $59 per diem.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Travel</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nlets covers the travel day of Monday 6/20 and Friday 6/24 for Nlets Representatives and proxies. Some individuals choose to extend their trip beyond the approved travel days, but Nlets will not cover any additional hotel rooms/per diems if you choose to do so. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Guest Events</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Nlets ABM is a family-friendly event, so many of our attendees will bring guests with them. Guests typically attend Nlets sponsored events during the day on Tuesday and Thursday at no cost to them (In 2022, they can enjoy a river cruise, a trip to a water park, and to the zoo). Guests may also join you for buffet-style breakfast in the morning, and the Hospitality Suites in the evenings. Unfortunately, while the guest events during the day are super fun, Nlets Representatives and proxies will not be able to leave the meeting to join their guests during the workday.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Guests are also welcomed at the Thursday night banquet, however, Nlets only covers the cost of the banquet meal for Representatives; any additional attendees will need to pay for their dinner.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you would like to add a guest to an existing registration, send an email to <a href="mailto:meeting@nlets.org">meeting@nlets.org</a> to receive further instructions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Nlets Proxy / New Rep 101</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Every year, Nlets hosts a <strong>mandatory</strong> meeting for all new Nlets Representatives and proxies. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In 2022, the meeting will be conducted over Microsoft Teams on June 16 at 10am PST / 1pm EST. If you have not yet received an invitation, contact <a href="mailto:meetings@nlets.org">meetings@nlets.org</a>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The meeting will start with the current Nlets President and Executive Director introducing themselves. You will then meet some Nlets staff, as well as your regional chairs, and have the chance to introduce yourself. The main point of the meeting is to network with your fellow first-time attendees and to meet some other familiar faces. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The meeting will also include an overview of the reimbursement process. As a reminder, since the ABM is a required meeting for Nlets Representatives, we reimburse every attendee for the costs associated with attending the meeting. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Finally, you will be provided a high-level overview of some of Nlets’ ongoing projects and initiatives and be offered the time to ask any additional questions that may have come up. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>New Representative Breakfast</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When you registered for the ABM, you should have had the opportunity to register for the New Rep and Proxy Breakfast on Tuesday morning. This breakfast occurs before the meeting begins and gives you a chance to network with proxies and other new reps and staff in an in-person space. You will also receive a reminder when you check in at registration and via calendar invite. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Meeting Sessions</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The actual business meeting begins on Tuesday morning. You will see a name tent with your name on it that designates where you should sit. Tuesday will primarily consist of departmental updates, but there will be opportunities for networking and plenty of breaks. On Wednesday, most of the day consists of you being in your regional groups to discuss the topics on the regional agenda. This agenda will be provided to you by your regional chairperson when you break into your regional meetings. You will also vote on your region’s Chair and Vice Chair. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask staff any remaining questions that come up and then provide your regional chairperson with any comments, questions, requests for motions, etc. that came out of the meeting. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On Wednesday afternoon, each region chair will provide an update to the council on any key items that came out of your meetings, and there will be a few additional presentations to the council. On Thursday, after the meeting adjourns in the afternoon, everyone will regroup for the evening banquet. The banquet is largely a time for networking, but there will be some awards presentations and longevity pins distributed as well as any closing remarks from the President and Executive Director. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Voting</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Voting will be conducted through a link to a Microsoft Form. For those who are in person, you will access the link through your ABM App, and virtual attendees will receive the link in the chat. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Your membership type will determine your level of voting authority. Please see the chart at the conclusion of this article if you are unsure of your voting authority.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Each year you will vote on the location of future ABM’s, and, if it is a voting year for our President, 1<sup>st</sup> Vice President, or 2<sup>nd</sup> Vice President, you will be asked to cast your vote for one of the candidates for each of those leadership positions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Expectations</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We expect Nlets Representatives and proxies to participate in the conversations being had, whether that is in your regional meeting or during networking. We also expect you to vote on the items you are eligible to vote for. We also expect that you attend the entirety of the council and regional meetings and submit any reimbursement form requests within 30 days of the ABM. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>App</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nlets provides an app for the meeting. It includes items like the meeting schedule, links to vote, and maps. There is also an icon to submit photos from the event for a slideshow that will be run during the Thursday night banquet, so we encourage you and your guests to submit photos!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To download the app, follow the following instructions: </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>1. Download the ‘Cvent Events’ app from the app/play/etc. store on your phone</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>2. Search for 2022 Nlets Annual Business Meeting</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>3. Enter the password “Nlets ABM2022” (Note – there is not a space between ABM and 2022)</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> <strong>Who else will be there?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Besides Nlets Representatives and proxies, there are a few other groups who attend our business meeting. There are industry partners, Nlets staff, and other general attendees.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Dress Code</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The dress code for the meeting is business casual – please no jeans or shorts. Jeans and shorts are acceptable in the evening while you are attending the hospitality suites or other activities however.The banquet dinner is more formal. Most men wear a suit (with or without a tie) and women wear a dress or other banquet attire. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Other Questions</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you have any additional questions, please contact <a href="mailto:training@nlets.org">training@nlets.org</a> or call Teri Harsin at 623-308-3552.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>Voting Rights Chart:</span></span></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>MEMBERSHIP </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>AUTHORITY</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>PRINCIPAL</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>FEDERAL</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>INTERNAT’L</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>ASSOCIATE</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>REGIONAL</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Required to attend and participate </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>in all Nlets Council Meetings</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>amendment to Constitution &amp; by-laws</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>election of Corporate Officers</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>matters brought before the Council</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Regional Meetings – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>election of Regional chair and vice-chair</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Regional Meetings – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>matters brought before the Region</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nominate &amp; elect Nlets Officers</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Approve site of annual Nlets Council Meeting</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Consider appeals for action </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Board of Directors</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Approve Principal Member service dues</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Serve when appointed on Nlets Committees</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 May 2022 16:11:50 +0000 opaulson 148 at https://nlets.org Region E Chair Spotlight - Boyd Butler https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-e-chair-spotlight-boyd-butler <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region E Chair Spotlight - Boyd Butler</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/boyd%20butler%20website%20graphic.png?itok=hmweZA3v" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Welcome to the 11th edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Today, meet Boyd Butler, Bureau Chief of the Program Administrative Bureau (PAB) of the Division of Justice Services at the Illinois State Police. Boyd serves as the Region E Chair, and Illinois Nlets Representative. Butler has been an Nlets Representative since 2017. As part of his day-to-day work at the PAB, he oversees the systems that provide criminal justice information to Illinois as well as all other states. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Involves?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. My role as an Nlets representative is to participate in national information sharing initiatives impacting law enforcement and criminal justice nationally. I educate Illinois users of Nlets services and promote their use.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. Illinois cut over to a brand-new state message switch mid-year 2021 and the Nlets staff were remarkably amenable in assisting to assure Illinois data sources remained available during and after cutover.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What Was One Case Study Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. One example is the availability of driver images from other states via Nlets.  Our Firearms Services Bureau uses that functionality daily in their efforts. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why?  </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. Critical.  Nlets makes information available from other states that directly and positively impacts officer and public safety across the nation reliably, securely, and quickly.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 May 2022 00:52:16 +0000 opaulson 147 at https://nlets.org A Conversation with Nlets' HR Department https://nlets.org/resources/blog/conversation-nlets-hr-department <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Conversation with Nlets&#039; HR Department</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-05/website%20graphic%20%281%29.png?itok=KKf25oDG" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson, Laura Carter, Suzanne Church</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nlets staff has been growing consistently over the last few years, and we are rapidly approaching 50 employees. We sat down with Suzanne Church, Nlets’ Administrative Assistant, and Laura Carter, Nlets Chief Human Resource Officer, to ask them some questions about their thoughts on the field, the culture of Nlets, and more. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>How Would You Describe the Culture of Nlets? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: I would say, first and foremost, we are a team. There are no singular efforts within the organization, we rely heavily on each other’s input, skill set, and work ethic to achieve our mission. Also, we are a friendly group and don’t operate in silos. Most people know their coworkers’ spouses and children and what’s going on in their lives outside of work. It’s important to us as an HR department to make sure people feel comfortable sharing more than just their work responsibilities with their coworkers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suzanne: Part of our work in the HR department is to foster relationships in a variety of ways. We hold team building events, family events, holiday parties, and send out birthday cards to families. We also send Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards, send flowers to those who lost family members, and more. It’s also important to us to facilitate continued education so we have a specific training and education budget and offer tuition reimbursement after five years.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What Are the Most Important Qualities You Look for In Applicants?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suzanne: Without question – a positive attitude and the ability to take initiative. You can teach someone how to do the work, but having the right attitude is something that has to come from within. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: I would also say we look for someone who is invested in what we do. Again, that’s not something you can train into someone. If someone isn’t onboard from the beginning, they’re not going to last very long at Nlets. Working at Nlets is definitely rewarding, but there is a lot of mental demand on our employees and having a strong motivator is important. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What Are the Top Reasons You Are Hearing That People Are Looking For New Positions?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suzanne: I would say about 50% of the people I talk to are looking for new employment because of being laid off, but the other 50% are leaving their current companies for culture reasons. They mention things like management being overbearing, the company not aligning with their personal values, or the overall work culture not being a fit. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In particular, I have noticed a trend that the younger workforce is being especially intentional with lining up their personal values with the organizations they choose to work for. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: You can really see that in play at Nlets because while we do compensation adjustments to ensure that people are being paid the market rate, what really makes people stay for 20, 30 years is the mission being close to their hearts. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What is the Biggest Lesson in HR That You Have Learned So Far In Your Career? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: It is important to have the ability to look beyond your company for resources. When you work in HR, there are so many people you can reach out to and learn from in the community. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to join cohorts to learn from your peers on a regular basis. You have to remember that HR is so broad (payroll, learning management, policy, hiring/recruiting, legal, compensation, strategic planning…) and you cannot know everything in the field so it’s wise to lean on external resources where you can.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suzanne: I would also add that we are a strategic member of the team, and anything that we do plays a role in how the business is going to succeed. What we do and how we do it has a direct impact on how successful a program or initiative will be. Having someone in HR at the table during critical conversations will help it succeed from a people standpoint, because we influence the employees and how they view the company. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: Also, you have to get buy in from management. One way to do this is to make sure whatever you want to do aligns with the bottom line of the company. Explain to them how whatever you want to implement meets the company’s strategic plan and you will have a much better chance of getting management buy in. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What Are Some Trends You Are Noticing in the HR Industry?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suzanne: I think there is going to be a lot more people in HR. The field is growing because a lot of companies are recognizing that by not having an HR department they are losing out on so much. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: I also think there will be a lot of growth in the field. The last two years have proven the importance of the HR department and the role of HR professionals in having to deal with so many challenges. Beyond purely covid related challenges, HR needs to provide emotional support and be the voice of the company to the staff. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What Else Would You Like to Share About HR?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Laura: I truly love my job because I love the people and it brings me joy to work with people both personally and professionally. Obviously, it can be draining and emotional when you have to make changes or hear complaints, but it feels good when you know someone can come to you with a complaint, and they know they won’t be reprimanded. At the end of the day, I think the most important aspect of HR is knowing how to listen to understand, not to just how to listen to respond. </span></span></span></p> <hr /> <p>Want to know more about Nlets and our staff? Check out the related articles below.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-101">Nlets 101</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-nlets">10 Things You Didn't Know About Nlets</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/n-power-advice-nlets-female-leaders">N-Power: Advice from Nlets' Female Leaders</a></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Mon, 09 May 2022 22:34:12 +0000 opaulson 146 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Sam Goff https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-sam-goff <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Sam Goff</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-04/sam%20team%20graphic.png?itok=IfwNbjQ8" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Sam Goff, Nlets’ System Administrator. He has been with Nlets for 18 months and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more). </p> <p><strong>Q. What are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role? </strong></p> <p>A. In my role, there is no such thing as a typical day: every day is different! Oftentimes, I work with Microsoft Configuration Manager to distribute and install programs and windows updates to servers and manage servers. I also work with Active Directory to update the permissions for users and servers. Then there is always the random task that needs to be done in Office 365. </p> <p><strong>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why? </strong></p> <p>A. My favorite part about working at Nlets is how employees are treated as valuable assets. I have seen this both from the willingness from management to invest in and train employees and the recognition hard work is given from inside my own department and other departments. Being part of a team where contributions and efforts are recognized is very encouraging and rewarding. </p> <p><strong>Q. When You Are Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents? </strong></p> <p>A. Children are a part of almost every minute of my day! My wife and I have 6 kids ages 8 and under. Our youngest three are medically and developmentally complex, so they keep me busy when I’m not working. In my free time, I like to build things like a playhouse or setup computers with my kids. </p> <p><strong>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here? </strong></p> <p>A. After I was laid off from my last position due to Covid, I was looking on LinkedIn for work opportunities and came across a job posting from Nlets. I thought it would be an exciting opportunity to both learn new technologies and apply skills I already had to serve an important cause. Since then, I have enjoyed the work and have been very impressed with how well Nlets treats its employees. They don’t just say they care; they follow that up with action! </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:48:17 +0000 opaulson 145 at https://nlets.org Region D Chair Spotlight - Brad Cazort https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-d-chair-spotlight-brad-cazort <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region D Chair Spotlight - Brad Cazort</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-04/website%20graphic.png?itok=-uPjgqd2" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Welcome to the 11th edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Today, meet Brad Cazort, Director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center and the Nlets Region D Chair, Finance &amp; Management (F&amp;M) Committee Chair, Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) Committee member, Constitution and Bylaws Committee member, and Arkansas Nlets Representative. Cazort has been an Nlets Representative for over six years. In his day-to-day work, he is responsible for the overall management of the Arkansas Crime Information Center. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Involves?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. As an Nlets Representative I believe one of my primary duties is to explain the role of Nlets and how it is a conduit for the exchange of information to its criminal justice members and users. Additionally, I am the voice of Arkansas users, and will bring any issues and questions that arise to the Nlets staff and the other Nlets Representatives. It is imperative as an Nlets Representative to continually work to improve and enhance the system and the services it provides to the users.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. I’ve had the extremely fortunate experience to serve as a Regional Representative to the Board of Directors as well as serving on the Nlets Technical Operations Committee (TOC), the BAF Committee and the F&amp;M Committee.  The most impactful of these is to serve as the current Chair of the F&amp;M Committee.  This committee provides an opportunity to assist in the fundamental operations of Nlets and working to ensure its continued viability and success. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What Was One Case Study Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. The Arkansas Highway Police (AHP) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. They are responsible for oversight of the trucking industry using the highways and interstates in Arkansas. Their communications operators are responsible for radio dispatching. They receive and monitor radio traffic throughout the state. One of their radio systems is the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN). The communications operators have direct access to the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) when dispatching for AHP. Many of those whom AHP encounter are out-of-state truck drivers. AHP is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of drug interdiction, motor carrier safety, and hazardous materials enforcements and credits its recognition, in part, to Nlets by providing access to out-of-state driver license information, medical certifications, vehicle registration, warrants, and sexual offender information. AHP can help keep Arkansas roadways safe through this cooperation between the states. This quick access of up-to-date information is imperative for AHP operations.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why?  </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. Collaborative. Nlets is an organization centered around sharing. They are concerned not just with sharing data to criminal justice agencies around the nation but also in sharing information and assistance to Nlets representatives as well.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 07 Apr 2022 18:36:12 +0000 opaulson 144 at https://nlets.org Nlets News: Our Nationwide LPR Pointer Index is Live https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-news-our-nationwide-lpr-pointer-index-live <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets News: Our Nationwide LPR Pointer Index is Live</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-04/website%20graphic%20%281%29.png?itok=m2U2zWqu" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h5><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What is Nlets' Nationwide LPR Pointer Index?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nlets’ Nationwide LPR Pointer Index is a consolidated repository of license plate reads that allows you to search and locate LPR data from across the U.S.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The source of LPR data is the states/federal agencies that maintain their own LPR repositories as well as other sources of LPR data.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /> <h5><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>How Does the Index Work?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each agency that captures LPR data will continue to use their existing 3<sup>rd</sup> party applications to store and access local data.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, LPR meta data and a thumbnail image (if available) will be stored within the Nlets LPR pointer index.  The full LPR images and other read specific data will remain on the system that originally captured/stored the LPR data.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each time a license plate is captured by a LPR camera, it will be marked with an Event Number. This number will uniquely identify the image that was captured by the specific camera at the singular point in time. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <hr /> <h5 class="MsoNormal text-align-center"><strong><span>Use Case for Standard LPR Search</span></strong></h5> <p><strong><span>Primary User:</span></strong><span> Investigator/Detective</span></p> <p><strong><span>Delivery/Return Method:</span></strong><span><span>  </span>The query is sent over the state or Nlets’ network; the response is returned the same way.</span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Query:</span></span></span></strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The initial query may be based on of any combination of: </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Location*</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Date/Time (specified by date range)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>License Plate Number (including wild cards)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Agency Issuing License Plate (usually a state – this is included to accommodate future image processing improvements which should be able to capture the license plate issuing agency)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>*Note: The initial release of the LPR index will provide location searches by state and/or Nlets region only. Future releases will become more sophisticated using latitude/longitude and polygons.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Returned Results:</span></span></span></strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The results may include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>License Plate Number</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Agency Issuing License Plate (if available)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Capturing agency</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Event Numbers</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Date of Capture Associated with Each Event </span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Image Thumbnail (if available)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Physical Location of the Record</span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <hr /> <h5 class="text-align-center"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Use Case for LPR Detail Request</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Primary User:</span></span></strong><span><span> Investigator/Detective</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Delivery/Return Method:</span></span></strong><span><span> Query is sent over the state or Nlets network; Response returned the same way.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Query:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> To send this query, include the Event Number of the desired read and as much LPR data as available, and direct the query to the ORI which made the read. Please note that this query will require both the Event Number and the associated physical location of the LPR record. Both pieces of information are returned in the Standard Query response referenced above.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Returned Results:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>  The response will include all data available, including the image for each Event Number requested.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Note: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Depending on how this functionality is implemented within each state, this request could be as simple as clicking a button on one of the candidates returned from the Standard Query response.</span></span></span></p> <hr /> <h5><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Retention Regulations</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nlets honors the retention laws of the contributing state/agency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /> <h5><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Other Sources of LPR Data via Nlets</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Other sources of data include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>National Vehicle Services (NVS) – historical information on parking, tolls, etc.</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span>Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via National Crime Insurance Bureau (NICB)</span></span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information, visit </span></span></span><a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_28:_License_Plate_Reader#LPR_from_NVS_.26_CBP"><span><span><span>Section 28 of the Nlets Wiki</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Do you have LPR reads to share using Nlets? Do you want more information? If so, contact Bonnie Locke, </span></span></span><a href="mailto:blocke@nlets.org"><span><span><span>blocke@nlets.org</span></span></span></a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Thu, 07 Apr 2022 18:31:58 +0000 opaulson 143 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Jessica Smith https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-jessica-smith <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Jessica Smith</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-03/Team%20Tuesday%20Template.png?itok=iC8n450u" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Today, meet Jessica Smith, Nlets’ Associate Accountant. She has been with Nlets for almost two years and shared her favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. What are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A typical day with Nlets is always a bit different and that is why I love working here. Usually, at the beginning of the month, I am working on billing, Accounts Receivable, charging customers for services, and completing month end tasks for the prior month. I also enter all Accounts Payable invoices in the system and do bi-weekly check runs. On a daily basis, I am applying customer payments, assisting with customer and vendor contracts and anything else that comes up. Last, I manage the accounting@nets.org email and make sure we are attentive in responding to our vendors, customers, and internal requests. I have not had a day where I have had nothing to do, that is for sure.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>My favorite part about working for Nlets is not only their mission but also how they treat their employees. I love working for a company that strives to serve our law enforcement community and takes action to support the causes close to their employees’ hearts through donations. Above all, Nlets truly pursues our mission and every day we take action to serve the community which is important to me.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. When You’re Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents? </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my family and friends. We often go camping, hiking and/or taking out our side by side out in the desert. We have two horses, two dogs and a cat. I grew up horseback riding ever since I was young, so if I have time, I’m usually horseback riding with my daughter or hiking. I’ve done rodeos with a drill team, gymkhanas, and used to ride western and English plus jumping.  Now, I like exploring new trails to ride my horse on.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Initially, I chose Nlets because my experience matched what Nlets was looking for and the company was closer to my home than my previous position. However, I’ve stayed due to the flexibility with my schedule, having wonderful co-workers, competitive pay and enjoying what I do.        </span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 21 Mar 2022 17:32:18 +0000 opaulson 142 at https://nlets.org CANDLE 101: What it is, How it Works, and Why You Should Care https://nlets.org/resources/blog/candle-101-what-it-how-it-works-and-why-you-should-care <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CANDLE 101: What it is, How it Works, and Why You Should Care</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-03/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=7BRUY_Ap" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dustin Green</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 2021, Nlets processed 362,755,413 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) transactions over our system. As you can tell from that statistic, DMV data is one of the most crucial resources for the law enforcement community in their day-to-day interactions with the public. As the International Justice and Public Safety Network, Nlets is committed to making that data as useful and powerful as possible.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Data Standardization </strong></p> <p>One way that we seek to make data useful and powerful for our users is through data standardization. For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, start by understanding that what is easy for a human to read is often difficult for a data system to process. Data standardization frameworks (such as XML) bridge the gap between humans and the data system by structuring data so that it can be processed programmatically prior to being used by officers on the street. These kinds of frameworks are useful because data that can be consumed programmatically can be ran through data, threat, and other law enforcement analytics. If you want to know more about data standardization, you can read our Chief Information Officer’s article, “<a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/your-complete-guide-xml" target="_blank">Your Complete Guide to XML</a>” on our website.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What is CANDLE? </strong></p> <p>Another way that Nlets has been leading the community towards data standardization is with the creation of the Collaboration between AAMVA and Nlets for Drivers License Exchange (CANDLE) specification. CANDLE is an XML data standard for DMV transactions that was initially created in 2009 by a committee that consisted of members of the Nlets community and representatives from AAMVA. The standard created in 2009 is considered CANDLE 1.0, but it underwent revisions in 2012 (creating CANDLE 2.0) and most recently in 2022 (producing CANDLE 3.0). You can read about the changes most recently made to the standard in <a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/candle-3-now-live" target="_blank">this blog</a>.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Improvements to Data Standardization </strong></p> <p>The CANDLE committee will continue to meet as necessary to discuss ways the standard can be improved. To find these improvements, members of the committee will often look at DMV data that they have available internally in their states. Then, they often recommend updates to the CANDLE specification that will allow that data to be communicated out of state.  </p> <p>Another improvement to data standardization comes from the work Nlets did as part of our DMV Parsing initiative. The DMV Parsing initiative is a subcomponent of our core system that takes non-standardized DMV data and transforms it into CANDLE standardized responses through user specific parsing functions. Developing this framework provided us insight into the types of data that are included in our incoming non-standardized responses that do not have a home in our CANDLE specification. Nlets then used that information improve our CANDLE 3.0 specification. </p> <p> </p> <p>The following are highlights of some of the updates that were added to the CANDLE 3.0 specification as a result of the last committee meeting. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Communication Impairment </strong></p> <p>In a traffic stop, one of the challenges an officer might face is a subject with a communication impairment. The subject, for example, might be hearing impaired. With the CANDLE 3.0 update, that information can now be included as part of a License or Vehicle Response.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Emergency Contact Information </strong></p> <p>Our CANDLE specification has always included a location for residence and primary contact information as part of a Driver’s License response. However, the specification has now been updated to include a place for Emergency Contact information as well. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>REALID Compliance </strong></p> <p>As more states and citizens adopt REALID Compliant Drivers licenses, the committee felt it was important to communicate that information in the CANDLE specification itself, which led us to include a REALID Compliance indicator in CANDLE 3.0. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>ID Card </strong></p> <p>Driver’s Licenses are not the only form of identification that officers encounter. Oftentimes, they must check non-driver ID cards. The specification for the Driver’s License Response has been updated to allow for ID card information. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Registered Sex Offender </strong></p> <p>Several states include information about if an individual is a registered sex offender in their Vehicle Registration responses. This has allowed officers to better patrol school zones and neighborhoods by being able to run tags of suspicious cars to check for sex offenders. With the changes in CANDLE 3.0, the specification for the vehicle registration response has been updated to allow for that information as well.  </p> <p> </p> <p>For those interested in learning more about regarding the CANDLE specification, you can visit the following sections of our user guide: </p> <p><a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_12:_Vehicle_Registration_Transactions" target="_blank">Vehicle Registration Transactions</a>  </p> <p><a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_13:_Driver_License_Transactions" target="_blank">Driver License Transactions</a>  </p> <p><a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_14:_Driver_History_Transactions" target="_blank">Driver History Transactions</a> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Wed, 09 Mar 2022 18:35:27 +0000 opaulson 141 at https://nlets.org N-Power: Advice from Nlets’ Female Leaders https://nlets.org/resources/blog/n-power-advice-nlets-female-leaders <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">N-Power: Advice from Nlets’ Female Leaders</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-03/website%20graphic%20%281%29.png?itok=gsOTRbns" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8<sup>th</sup>, we want to highlight some of the amazing leaders at Nlets. We are proud to say that though only 25% of our employees are female, 45% of them are in leadership roles, and our executive team is made up of 43% women. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We asked each of those female leaders for some advice that they would like to share with aspiring female leaders, and they came up with some truly wonderful lessons and stories. Thank you for being the women we look up to and for serving as mentors in our lives. </span></p> <hr /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/2.png" width="150" height="150" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> </td> <td> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5><strong><span>Laura Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer</span></strong></h5> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>How Would You Describe Your Leadership Style and How You ‘Lead’ Others?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I focus on leading with sincerity and integrity. You don’t have to prove yourself in a powerful way because you’re a woman if your team has respect for you and you for them. The biggest key is to listen to others. By hearing what they are saying and understanding their goals and interests, you can give them confidence in their contribution to the company.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Do You Think Are the Key Benefits to Having Women in Leadership? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Oftentimes women are considered too soft or emotional. That’s a misconception. A woman can be sensitive to the needs of others but at the same time exude confidence.<span>  </span>By getting to know your employees on a personal level, it will better help you understand their strengths and weakness to help them succeed.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Advice Would You Give to the Next Generation of Female Leaders?</span></strong><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take on challenges that you think you may not be capable of. The only way to grow in your career and leadership is to be brave and bold. </span></p> <hr /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/4.png" width="150" height="150" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> </td> <td> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5><span>Bonnie Locke, Chief Marketing Officer </span></h5> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Who Inspired You to Be a Leader and Why?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>When I started my career, not only did I not talk about my family, but I actually tried to hide the fact that I had children from corporate leadership. My fear was that doing so would derail my career, which I’m sure many women still fear today. As it turns out, I was fortunate in that my male boss was way ahead of his time. Not only did he protect my job after a 6-week maternity leave (at half pay), but he also promoted me when I returned. He then made it possible to move to a professional part-time job after the birth of my second child, something that had never been done at that organization before.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I also had the good fortune to work for one of the only female leaders at the time who was unapologetically real and strong. She took a young woman who knew nothing about the business under her wing and taught me what she knew. She was fiercely supportive and protective. Those two people, along with my hard work, catapulted my career while I was also starting a family. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Advice Would You Give to the Next Generation of Female Leaders? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>My advice is to make it a goal to work for a company like Nlets. What I mean by that is to choose an organization that supports women in every way possible, from leaders all the way up in the ranks down to even part-time employees. At a time when it was not accepted or popular, the Nlets Executive Director enabled me to move far away and work remotely to be close to my support structure. He showed so much courage and leadership and set a precedent that employees are humans and have families too. That decision literally changed my life forever. My husband and I have three extraordinary daughters to prove it. </span></p> <hr /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/3_0.png" width="150" height="150" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> </td> <td> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5><span>Kate Silhol, Chief Information Officer </span></h5> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>How Would You Describe Your Leadership Style and How You ‘Lead’ Others?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote on leadership style that really resonates with me is, “Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Nlets has an important mission and the work we do is often critical. My role as an Nlets leader is to ensure that we fulfill that mission, but to do so while taking every opportunity to build a positive workplace with empowered and excited employees that have ample opportunity to grow.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Do You Think Are the Key Benefits to Having Women in Leadership? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>What are the key benefits of having anybody in leadership? Each individual brings a different set of personal traits to their job and I’m proud to work for a company that sees each of its employees, leaders, and future leaders as valuable individuals rather than defining us by our gender.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Advice Would You Give to the Next Generation of Female Leaders? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The advice that I would give is to be confident, participate, and communicate. Be confident enough to voice your opinions and ideas, and to persevere when you hit barriers. Participate consistently and show that you are committed to the company. Communicate – with your coworkers about projects, with your larger network about community trends, with your boss about your goals and their feedback.<span>   </span></span><span> </span></p> <hr /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/1.png" width="150" height="150" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> </td> <td> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5><strong><span><strong><span><img alt="" src="///C:/Users/opaulson/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image008.png" /></span></strong></span></strong><span>Teri Harsin, Nlets Training and Development Manager</span></h5> <p> </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>How Would You Describe Your Leadership Style and How You ‘Lead’ Others?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I like to think my leadership style is one that fosters development and growth. When I was younger, I always felt much more empowered to take chances and make mistakes when I had a leader that taught me how to take those experiences and learn from them. I was never afraid to make a decision or take an action I felt was appropriate because I was encouraged to do so. I try hard to emulate that leadership style because I know it is what allowed me to gain the confidence I needed to grow in my career. I also enjoy seeing people taking the steps necessary to grow and reach their goals – I am inspired by staff that are motivated to want more for themselves and I want to help them where I can along their journey to achieving their goals.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>What Advice Would You Give to the Next Generation of Female Leaders? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The best piece of advice I can give future female leaders is to be confident and to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I have been told in the past that my confidence is often what people admire the most about me. Even if you feel less confident on the inside, be sure to exude confidence on the outside! Along with being confident, know that it is okay to make mistakes and what is even more important is to admit when you do. We all make mistakes – own them!</span></p> <hr /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-03/5.png" width="150" height="150" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> </td> <td> <h5><span><span><img alt="" src="///C:/Users/opaulson/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image010.png" /></span></span></h5> <h5> </h5> <h5> </h5> <h5><span>Cris Marquardt, Business Relationship Manager</span></h5> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>How Would You Describe Your Leadership Style and How You ‘Lead’ Others?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Adaptive. As an</span><span> adaptive leader, </span><span>I approach opportunities to lead </span><span>in a way that promotes creativity, engagement, </span><span>and </span><span>empathy</span><span>. When you promote engagement on a personal level, the results are always dynamic and solution driven. T</span><span>hrough building relationships, I </span><span>have been provided the </span><span>opportunity to </span><span>discover </span><span>what </span><span>really </span><span>drives the people around me</span><span>, </span><span>to find </span><span>unique ways </span><span>to feed th</span><span>at</span><span> </span><span>drive</span><span>,</span><span> and most importantly, to celebrate their successes.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Who Inspired You to Be a Leader and Why?</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I admit that this question took me a full weekend to answer because words do not do my thoughts and experiences justice. My inspiration came from a quiet, nondescript, and extremely patient woman. I was blessed to experience a lifetime of watching this incredible woman succeed where others thought she would and should fail. She was not a leader professionally, but she was undoubtedly a leader in life. She was desperate to care for and support her children, to keep a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, and the Lord in their hearts. She never once called in a sick day, never paid a bill late – even if it meant we went without, (and we often did) she never gave up. With an 8th grade education, she raised children, bought and sold homes and land, and retired in the only occupation she ever had. She never allowed an obstacle to stop her and always found a way around it. When I find myself in a position to lead or be led, I think back on those lessons my mom unwittingly passed along; always proceed with kindness, patience, determination, and most of all never give up. You can do anything you set out to do. I love you, Mom. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Have You Ever Felt Imposter Syndrome, And If So, How Did You Navigate Through It?</span></strong><span> <span>Yes, I have. Who hasn’t </span>experienced the fear<span> of incompetence and self-doubt when faced with a particularly daunting set of circumstances, perceived or otherwise?</span> <span>Often, when you experience Imposter Syndrome, you allow the success of others to highlight your flaws and then you work harder to remove them. As a result, I found myself overwhelmed by my continued efforts to avoid detection. Burn out </span>became the norm and<span> when you are a single parent of three, there is no time for that. I eventually realized that </span>I<span> was </span>l<span>iving in constant fear of being discovered and that it was impossible to maintain perfection in everything I did. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I ultimately had to acknowledge the existence of my fears and challenge my beliefs. I started by listing out what I knew was fact vs. my perception (It’s amazing what you discover when you commit yourself to paper). However, putting my thoughts to paper wasn’t enough, I also had to learn the tough lesson of not comparing myself to others. It is still a lesson I revisit from time to time, because we all want to be a better version of ourselves and when we admire success and talent in another, we naturally begin self-dissection. What I eventually came to realize was that you may not excel in every task or role</span><span>,<span> and that’s 100% okay. Almost no one can ‘do it all’ and even when it seems like someone can, remember that their perfection is your perception. Occasionally I will</span> find myself putting on that mask of perfection and standing at the precipice of self-protection, but today I am wiser and more patient with myself. I am now able to step back and enjoy the view.</span></p> <hr /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>Want to know more about these amazing leaders? Check out their individual spotlights below:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-kate-silhol">Team Spotlight - Kate Silhol</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-bonnie-locke">Team Spotlight - Bonnie Locke</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-laura-carter">Team Spotlight - Laura Carter</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-teri-harsin">Team Spotlight - Teri Harsin</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-cris-marquardt">Team Spotlight - Cris Marquardt</a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Mar 2022 16:07:17 +0000 opaulson 139 at https://nlets.org Region C Vice Chair Spotlight- Chris Behre https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-c-vice-chair-spotlight-chris-behre <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region C Vice Chair Spotlight- Chris Behre</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-03/website%20graphic.png?itok=GVrF4sHm" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the tenth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.  </p> <p>Today, meet Chris Behre, Information Systems Manager at the West Virginia State Police, Nlets Representative, and the Nlets Region C Vice Chair. Mr. Behre has been an Nlets Representative for two years but has been a part of the Nlets family since 2017 as both an attendee of our Annual Business Meetings and Implementers Conference.  </p> <p>In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the IT section of the Information Services section and serving as an administrator of their Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and Biometric Systems. His background is in software development which he feels is a great foundation for working with Nlets, as it allows for a better understanding of the system as a whole. Behre’s day-to-day work can range from assisting with networking, software development, to logistics. He says, “It is dynamic and fun, and no day is truly the same.” </p> <p><strong>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Involves?  </strong></p> <p>A. I start by explaining what Nlets is with the example of a typical situation of an officer on the side of the road submitting a query for a license plate and mention how fast the response comes back to the officer. Then I go on to explain how it happens, the systems that handle the message, and the role of the network involved. Finally, I cover the uniqueness of the company in that it is managed by the members. I close with an explanation of how I represent West Virginia’s interests as well as the greater good of the Nlets community as a whole. </p> <p><strong>Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets?  </strong></p> <p>A. Nlets has a service for parsing text responses (separating text into XML fields) from states that have not yet transitioned to XML. Nlets was able to supply their code to us to assist in the development of our ability to return fully tagged NIEM XML from our DMV repository. This was a great help to our development efforts as it was a huge jumpstart to our efforts. We just went live with our driver and driver history responses in fully tagged NIEM XML a couple weeks ago, and now the users in WV using our newly developed interface will have better stability compared to the previous mainframe-based interface. The big benefit for the Nlets community is that those responses from WV will be fully tagged and can be ingested by their systems with far greater ease and reliably than attempting to pull fields out of a text response.  </p> <p><strong>Q. What Was One Case Study Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State? </strong></p> <p>WV State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop due to a car going the wrong way up an exit ramp onto an interstate. Upon stopping the vehicle, they conducted a Vehicle Registration Query (RQ) via Nlets as the vehicle license plate was from out of state.  The trooper then approached the vehicle and identified the driver via a Driver’s License Query (DQ) via Nlets as the driver was also from out of state. The Driver’s License Response (DR) included an image which confirmed the identity of the driver.  </p> <p>The driver was asked to exit the vehicle for suspected driving under the influence and subsequently failed a sobriety screening. Upon securing the subject, the trooper located a controlled substance in the subject’s possession. The trooper then conducted a search of the vehicle and located additional controlled substances. The trooper further used Nlets to verify the identities of the three other occupants of the vehicle, one of whom was found to also be in possession of controlled substances.  </p> <p>A Triple I (QH) was conducted via NCIC on two of the individuals, and one of them was found to have a criminal history. That criminal history was returned to the trooper via Nlets as the subject’s record was from a state that participates in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) and the FBI’s pointer record then forwards a query to the state (via Nlets) and subsequent criminal history response is sent to the trooper from the state through Nlets (CR). The subject was found to be on probation in their state of residence.  </p> <p><strong>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why?  </strong></p> <p>Community. </p> <p>The great thing about Nlets is the community of individuals from other states and agencies. Nlets not only ties all the states and federal agency members together at a network level, but the community created of those members is so important in furthering information sharing initiatives and learning from peers to solve similar situations within your own state or agency. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 03 Mar 2022 20:38:37 +0000 opaulson 138 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Joel Miranda https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-joel-miranda <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Joel Miranda</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-02/Team%20Tuesday%20Template.png?itok=bIUp_C1o" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Today, meet Joel Miranda, Nlets’ Security Administrator. He has been with Nlets for over 10 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. I am primarily responsible for detecting security vulnerabilities and weaknesses throughout our organization. Every day I work to support our team through preventing security related issues and unauthorized network access. Additionally, I configure and troubleshoot issues related to firewalls, network access policy, VPN, antivirus, and ensure that systems are up to date with security updates. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. I’ve been at Nlets for the past 10 years because I truly love this workplace! I remember as a child, I wanted to work for a police department in Information Technology. When I first interviewed at Nlets, I realized that my dream job was becoming a reality. Ever since then, I have felt blessed to work for a company whose mission and people are so wonderful.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. When You’re Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents?  </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. When I am not at work, I spend most of my time with my two young little girls and my wife. I love to see my nephews play soccer and to get together with family over the weekend to make carne asada and drink some Kool-Aid. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. My previous job was at a community college, and I was there for nine years. The whole time, I felt like I was trapped in the position of a hardware technician even though I wanted to improve my skills. The community college provided me with educational opportunities, but not with the tools I needed to improve my skills. Since working at Nlets, I’ve found both the tools and the education I’ve been looking for. I feel very fortunate and thankful for Nlets for the opportunity they have given me.  </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Wed, 09 Feb 2022 20:47:22 +0000 opaulson 137 at https://nlets.org Region B Chair Spotlight - Renee Rigby https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-b-chair-spotlight-renee-rigby <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region B Chair Spotlight - Renee Rigby</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-02/renee%20spotlight%20graphic_0.png?itok=LK8pgZw5" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the ninth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing. </p> <p>Today, meet Renee Rigby, CJIS Systems Officer at the Delaware State Police and the Nlets Region B Chairperson. Ms. Rigby has been an Nlets Representative for five years and has been on the Board of Directors since 2020. </p> <p><strong>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Involves? </strong></p> <p>A. As the Delaware Nlets Representative, I would start by explaining the importance of Nlets’ network and how it allows the states to share vehicle and license information nationwide. We often have users that run queries against our state system only and we continually must remind them that the only way to get complete records is to run the query through Nlets. Additionally, my role as an Nlets Representative allows me to be the voice for our state, and to be able to share any concerns that our users may have and discuss them with other state representatives, or directly with Nlets. Some of my top priorities as a representative are to enhance what can be done through the network, to provide better services to users and to enhance public safety.  </p> <p><strong>Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets? </strong></p> <p>A. My first 23 years of working for the Delaware State Police was with our State Bureau of Identification, where I worked with NIBRS, CHRI, III, fingerprints, etc. At that time, I had very limited access to Nlets.  After being selected as the CSO for Delaware, I became fully aware of everything that Nlets could provide to the users and shortly after became the Nlets Representative. After attending my first Nlets Annual Business meeting, I realized there was so much more to Nlets than just running transactions and getting a response. I have learned and I am still learning about the organization and what they provide every time we meet.  </p> <p><strong>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why? </strong></p> <p>My one word would be sharing. It is incredible to think about the amount of information that is shared through Nlets’ network and to do so at such a rapid speed is amazing. Their commitment to speed and breadth of data says a lot about the organization and the qualified staff that are employed there that keep everything up and running.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Tue, 08 Feb 2022 18:47:24 +0000 opaulson 136 at https://nlets.org Case Study: Hazardous Materials Transaction https://nlets.org/resources/blog/case-study-hazardous-materials-transaction <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Case Study: Hazardous Materials Transaction</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-01/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=dPSuAoBo" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The following story* describes how using the Hazardous Materials Transaction alerted an officer of a potentially dangerous situation.</span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>“Officer Rojas responded to a call that a semitruck carrying chemicals had flipped on the highway and caught fire. When she got to the scene, after she ensured that all individuals were safely removed from the vehicle, she noticed a chemical barrel had rolled out of the truck and was beginning to leak onto the pavement. The UN Number on the barrel was completely unreadable, but she managed to make out the letters ‘Brom’ and ‘Acid’ below it.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Dispatch ran BROM%ACID in the Chemical Name field using the Nlets Hazardous Materials Query**, and from the results, Officer Rojas could tell definitively that the name of the chemical was Bromoacetic Acid and its UN Number was UN1938.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Then Dispatch ran UN1938 in the UN Number field which provided results from the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that said that the chemical was toxic, so it was critical to establish a ½ mile perimeter in all directions and call the National Response Center immediately. Officer Rojas immediately alerted all nearby personnel, and they moved to a safe distance away from the spill.”</span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Do you or your agency have a success story to share with us about how Nlets helped you solve a case or track down a suspect? We’d love to hear it. Just send us an email at <em><a href="mailto:news@nlets.org" target="_blank"><span>news@nlets.org</span></a></em> or give us a call at <em><a href="tel:6233083513"><span>623-308-3513</span></a></em>.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Want to read another case study? Check out a few below: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-faa-aircraft-registration-system" target="_blank"><span>Success Story: FAA Aircraft Registration System</span></a> </span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-concealed-weapon-permit-information" target="_blank"><span>Success Story: Concealed Weapon Permit Information</span></a> </span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-administrative-message-am-regional-broadcast">Success Story: Administrative Message (AM) – Regional Broadcast</a></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span>*Please note that the story is fictional, but the use of the transaction is portrayed accurately.</span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span>** For additional information on the Hazardous Materials Query, please refer to the <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_24:_Hazardous_Material_File">Nlets Wiki.</a> </span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/case-study" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> Fri, 28 Jan 2022 18:33:21 +0000 opaulson 135 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Suzanne Church https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-suzanne-church <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Suzanne Church</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-01/suzanne%20team%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=6v-0NG16" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Suzanne Church, Nlets’ Administrative Assistant. She has been with Nlets for over three years and shared her favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more). </p> <p><strong>Q. What are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role? </strong></p> <p>A. The bulk of my work is to support our Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) with all administrative items or additional HR tasks that she needs. I also oversee Nlets’ Officer Down donation program that provides financial support to the families of fallen officers. That typically includes reaching out to agencies to get contact information for the fallen officers’ families, putting together the condolence letters, working with accounting to get out a donation check, and mailing that to each family. Something that I love about my role is that every day is different: there is no ‘typical’, which keeps things always interesting. </p> <p><strong>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why? </strong></p> <p>A. My answer to that is twofold. One: I love the people that I work with. Everyone is extremely helpful, always willing to lend a hand, and happy to answer any question that I may have. Second, I strongly believe in our mission. I know that our ability to make sure that officers have the information they need at any given time is important not only to them but to the general public as well.  </p> <p><strong>Q. When You’re Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents? </strong></p> <p>A. My husband and I recently started getting into gardening. We have a couple of small planters in our backyard, and we are growing a variety of vegetables and herbs in them. As the season starts to warm up, we plan to get some additional planters and have an even larger garden.  </p> <p><strong>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here?</strong> </p> <p>A. I found out about Nlets on Indeed in a random job posting. I was initially super interested in the job itself, but as I learned more about Nlets, I found that the mission really intrigued me. When I met with Laura and realized what an amazing environment Nlets has for its employees (leading to some incredible employee tenures), it made me really interested in learning more about the company and becoming a part of it.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:36:50 +0000 opaulson 134 at https://nlets.org Your Ultimate Guide to the Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) https://nlets.org/resources/blog/your-ultimate-guide-brodie-assistance-fund-baf <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Your Ultimate Guide to the Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-01/website%20graphic.png?itok=Ebg5Km3M" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Your Ultimate Guide to the Nlets Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF)</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Who doesn’t need more money to help accomplish their goals and achieve their mission?</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We often hear from our State and Federal members that their primary barrier to accomplishing their goals is a lack of resources to adopt new technologies, close information sharing gaps, and complete critical projects.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, thanks to the Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF), Nlets can help our State and Federal members work toward their goals by providing additional resources!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you are not sure what the BAF is, it is an Nlets fund that provides resources to our State and Federal members for specific projects the agencies do not have a budget for. BAF funds can be used to implement new message keys, deploy new technologies, and more. The primary thing to keep in mind is that any funding requests should benefit the greater Nlets community, not just the requesting State or Federal member.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>How it Works</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Nlets typically contracts directly with the member’s vendor, saving a great deal of time and effort, while also eliminating the need to go out for bid. Nlets also assigns a Project Manager, which helps relieve the burden on the member’s staff. Our goal is to make it seamless, straightforward, and as easy as possible by doing most of the work!</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>How Much is Awarded</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The dollar awards are not huge amounts, but we know that every bit helps!  Each year, the Nlets Board of Directors and Nlets BAF Committee continue to work with Nlets leadership to set aside dollars to grow the fund so that we can make even more awards in the future.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>The Application Process</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The application process for the funds is very straightforward. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>First, the applicant should ensure that they meet the latest BAF Guidelines, which outline the types of funding allowed, what they should do to prepare, examples of specific project requests, and more. The 2022 BAF Guidelines are available </span></span><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/baf"><span>on the Brodie Assistance Fund page</span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Then, the applicant will need to collect the required documents. These include a Statement of Work (SOW) and a cost estimate from their vendor. They should also obtain sign off that the member agency’s budget has been exhausted. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Last, they will need to submit the </span></span><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/baf-application"><span>Brodie Assistance Fund Application</span></a><span><span>. When doing so, it is critical to attach any relevant documentation, including the SOW and cost estimate, and send an email to Nlets’ Chief Marketing Officer, Bonnie Locke (</span></span><a href="mailto:blocke@nlets.org"><span>blocke@nlets.org</span></a><span><span>), who will then present it to the BAF Committee for review. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Timeline of Decision</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We know that deadlines are important, so we strive to provide the applicant with a response as quickly as possible. Please be aware that the approval process may involve additional questions and may require additional documentation. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If approved, an Nlets Project Manager will be assigned and work can begin as soon as the member is ready, which is why it is important that they and any vendors be fully prepared to begin work prior to submitting the application. While it is not guaranteed that the applicant will receive the full amount requested, please make sure to include all projected costs so that there are no funding shortages as the project moves forward. Dispersal of funds is worked out upon approval.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Additional Uses of the Funds</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Beyond just supporting our members’ project requests, the BAF also serves a few additional purposes.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The BAF also funds the STARS/Implementers Workshop. The next combined workshop will take place in January 2023 - we will provide additional information on location and registration as it gets closer.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Also, each time an officer is killed in the line of duty, the BAF donates $500 to the family or chosen charity of the fallen officer.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Why it Matters</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As our Systems Services Manager, Tony Abate, says, “We know getting things done on a tight budget can be difficult. In our industry, it can also mean putting our finest into dangerous situations because all the data wasn't available when it needed to be. In a fast-paced, technology driven world, there is a need for our law enforcement community to have every tool available at their disposal so that responses can be swift and with all the relevant information at hand. The Nlets Brodie Assistance Fund can make all the difference for your agency, and ultimately the officer on the street.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information about the Brodie Assistance Fund, </span></span></span><a href="https://nlets.org/resources/baf"><span><span><span>visit our website</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> or </span></span></span><a href="mailto:blocke@nlets.org"><span><span><span>contact Bonnie Locke</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:25:00 +0000 opaulson 133 at https://nlets.org Nlets Membership 101 https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-membership-101 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Membership 101</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-12/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=rOtYk5Us" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span>Nlets Membership 101</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>While some people in the law enforcement and public safety community are intimately familiar with the services that Nlets provides, many are not aware of how we are governed and how our membership operates.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In this blog, you will learn about the different types of Nlets members, the rights and responsibilities of each, and much more. We hope that by the conclusion of this blog, you will have a better understanding of the influence that our membership has to determine both the current and future direction of Nlets. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>History</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As you may already know, Nlets was founded in the mid-1960s when representatives from the states agreed to develop a nationwide, interstate communications system. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Since then, Nlets has connected all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada along with numerous federal agencies and various associate members for the secure exchange of criminal justice data necessary to complete their law enforcement, justice, and public safety mission.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Since we were initially founded, Nlets has always been funded and governed by the lead law enforcement agency from each of the 50 states, commonwealths, and territories. They determine not only the overall strategic and technical direction of the company, but also approve new members, Strategic Partners, and create motions at our Annual Business Meeting that seek to optimize current operations and maximize future goals.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Types of Membership</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>There are four types of Nlets members, each with their own membership criteria and responsibilities. We will discuss each of them below.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The <strong>Principal Membership </strong>is made up of the lead law enforcement agency in each of the states, commonwealths, and territories. This group has the most membership authority when it comes to rights and responsibilities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The next membership type is <strong>Federal Membership</strong>. This includes federal agencies with a law enforcement component and those agencies who fall under a parent agency who also have a law enforcement component. For example, The Bureau of Consular Affairs/Passport Services falls under the umbrella of The Department of State, each of which are Federal members of Nlets.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Third, the <strong>Associate Membership</strong> consists of organizations who provide a service to the Nlets criminal justice community and are not eligible for any other membership type.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Last, our <strong>International Membership</strong> consists of those criminal justice agencies under the authority of a foreign government that may be assigned Nlets control terminal responsibilities. Currently, Canada is the only international member.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On occasion, Nlets is approached by an organization or agency who would like to become an Nlets member. The prospective member must meet the requirements established in the Nlets By-Laws and go through a formal vetting process.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Membership Responsibilities</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>You may be wondering what makes the different types of Nlets members unique, and the answer is that each of the various membership types have corresponding responsibilities and levels of authority. You may review the below table to compare them.</span></span></span></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>MEMBERSHIP </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><strong>AUTHORITY</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>PRINCIPAL</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>FEDERAL</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>INTERNAT’L</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>ASSOCIATE</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Required to attend and participate </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>in all Nlets Council Meetings</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>amendment to Constitution &amp; by-laws</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>election of Corporate Officers</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Council Meeting – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>matters brought before the Council</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Regional Meetings – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>election of Regional chair and vice-chair</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Voting rights in Regional Meetings – </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>matters brought before the Region</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nominate &amp; elect Nlets Officers</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Approve site of annual Nlets Council Meeting</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Consider appeals for action </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>by Board of Directors</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Approve Principal Member service dues</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>N</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Serve when appointed on Nlets Committees</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Y</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Membership and the Board of Directors</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>One membership authority limited to our Principal membership is the ability to sit on the Board of Directors. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Each candidate for office must be a Representative of an Nlets Principal member and must have served as an Nlets Representative for a minimum of 24 months immediately prior to the election. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Current Members</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As the current list of Nlets Representatives changes regularly due to promotions, retirement and other causes, we recommend regularly </span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/representatives"><span>checking the Nlets website</span></a><span> for the most up-to-date information.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Conclusion</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Hopefully this overview has provided you with sufficient information to understand how we are governed. As you now know, though we are technically classified as a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization, our governance is different than the usual organization. However, because our membership is directed by those who work in the field that we support, the decisions made about the company’s future is done so by those who are not only in the know about what is going on, but who know how to make the most impact on the criminal justice and public safety community.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:55:37 +0000 opaulson 132 at https://nlets.org Candle 3.0 is Now LIVE! https://nlets.org/resources/blog/candle-3-now-live <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Candle 3.0 is Now LIVE!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-12/website%20graphic.png?itok=jWUAM-A-" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Since 2009, Nlets has supported a standardized specification for the exchange of Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration messages via the Collaboration between AAMVA and Nlets for Driver License Exchange (CANDLE) Initiative.  </p> <p>Earlier this year, the CANDLE working group, comprised of representatives from AAMVA and various members of the Nlets community, discussed updating the CANDLE specification to better address law enforcement needs and modern industry standards. </p> <p>The Nlets application services team took their recommendations to update the standard and integrated it into Nlets’ system. </p> <p>We are pleased to announce that the CANDLE 3.0 specification is now available as a formatting option for all Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration responses sent through the Nlets system. </p> <p>Here are some of the key updates to the CANDLE 3.0 specification: </p> <ul> <li> <p>The specification has been updated to support the NIEM 5.0 and JXDM 7.0 Data model. </p> </li> <li> <p>New elements have been added to support REAL ID, Communication Impairment, Emergency Contact information, ID Cards among others </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>The Nlets system supports full bi-directional transformation between CANDLE 3.0 and the prior CANDLE 1.0 and/or CANDLE 2.0 specifications </p> <p>Please see the <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_12:_Vehicle_Registration_Transactions" target="_blank">Vehicle Registration</a> and <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_14:_Driver_History_Transactions" target="_blank">Driver License</a> sections of our Wiki for documentation and samples of the CANDLE 3.0 specification.  </p> <p>Contact the Service Center to coordinate enabling CANDLE 3.0 Vehicle Registration and Driver License transaction in your state system.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 09 Dec 2021 17:57:07 +0000 opaulson 128 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Tim Cook https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-tim-cook <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Tim Cook</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-12/tim%20team%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=l9T34U4O" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Today, meet Tim Cook, Nlets’ Senior Accountant. He has been with Nlets for 6.5 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What Are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. Each day can bring different challenges and tasks.  Typically, a day might be spent reviewing purchase orders that go into our accounting system (Intacct), managing fixed assets (capital projects), reviewing/approving expense reports in Nexonia, or assisting in many other accounting/finance duties that arise relating to contracts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and the month end close process.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. It is difficult to separate out my favorite.  If I had to choose, I’d say the fact that our mission is to provide critical information quickly to those needing it in the law enforcement and criminal justice community in order to help keep us all safe is something that makes the job rewarding.  This is reflected in the culture and attitudes of those working for and with Nlets and I’m happy to be a part of that. Also, the flexibility that allows me to work remotely from Oregon is awesome.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. When You’re Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. When not working, I enjoy being a dad which means lots of family time. This includes many activities like cartoons, story time, parks, road trips, zoos, and more. Apart from that, I enjoy archery, outdoor activities, hunting, movies, and traveling.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About it and What Has Kept You Here? </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A. I found Nlets’ ad on Craigslist and at the time, had no idea at the time what Nlets did.  After some research, I was intrigued by the non-profit aspect and the services it provided.  I think the listing also mentioned something about it being recession proof which made it even more tempting given the dire financial health I experienced at some other companies I worked for.  During the interview process, I was drawn in by those who I met with (Laura, Frank, Steve, and Keith) and decided to join the team.   </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 09 Dec 2021 17:37:24 +0000 opaulson 127 at https://nlets.org Region A Chair Spotlight - Bill Guy https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-chair-spotlight-bill-guy <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region A Chair Spotlight - Bill Guy</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-11/Bill%20Guy%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=zlnLe0Z5" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Welcome to the eighth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Today, meet Bill Guy, Director of Telecommunications at the Rhode Island State Police, and Region A’s Chair. Guy has been an Nlets Representative for 12 years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Was?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. While I am designated to represent the State of Rhode Island, an Nlets Representative’s primary role is to work in collaboration with other Nets Representatives and the talented staff at Nlets to provide our criminal justice users with data products that will enhance public safety and officer safety nationwide.  Participating in this collective effort to enhance public safety is a very rewarding experience. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets? </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. One of the most impactful enhancements we have delivered to our criminal justice users is the expansion of access to images within our message formats.  Both Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS) and Driver’s License Photos impact public safety and officer safety every day. These enhancements would not have been possible without the collective efforts of all Nlets Representatives, the Nlets staff and the Nlets Brodie Assistance Fund.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. Can You Share One Success Story Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. Nlets success stories happen every day in every state and territory.  Each time critical data is delivered to a user, public safety is impacted.  As I type this response, officers are on the street here in Rhode Island requesting and receiving Nlets data and each delivery of critical data is a success story.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. The one word would be “collaboration”.  The success of Nlets would not be possible without the collective work of all Nlets Representatives, the contributions of the Nlets staff, the support of the states and territories, the support of our federal partners, and our relationship with our private sector partners.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:34:54 +0000 opaulson 126 at https://nlets.org New Nlets FS ORI for Fire https://nlets.org/resources/blog/new-nlets-fs-ori-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Nlets FS ORI for Fire</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-11/website%20graphic%20v2.png?itok=3QN_BHe4" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>If you are a part of the criminal justice and public safety community, you have likely heard the words ‘ORI’ and ‘ORION’ used regularly. However, we know that not everyone fully understands what exactly those words mean (or why they should matter to you). Today, thanks to the experts at the Nlets Service Center, we will walk you through what an ORI is, how they are used, and point you to a few important resources that may be helpful to you. </span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What is an ORI?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>An Originating Agency Identifier, or ORI, is a nine-character code that identifies a particular agency or terminal. At Nlets, we primarily use ORIs to determine if a particular agency’s request for information is valid. The sender and destination ORIs are checked on every transmission sent through the network. If the ORI has the appropriate permissions to run a transaction, our network will permit the transaction to go through, if not, it will be rejected.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>The Format of ORIs</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>All ORIs follow a set format that determines which characters will be contained in their code. For example, the first two characters are the two-character state code (or, for a federal agency, the state where the ORI is located). So, an ORI for the Arizona DPS would have AZ as the first two characters. And for a DOJ terminal located in Virginia, it would have VA. To learn more about the format of the ORIs, visit <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_06:_ORION">the Nlets Wiki.</a></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Permissions</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While all ORIs follow similar formats, they do not all have the same level of permissions. There are four types of permissions that correspond with four different categories of transactions:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span>A – Administrative</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>C – Criminal History</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>D – Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV)</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Z – Other</span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>So, for example, an ORI with D access can only run DMV checks, but an ORI with A,C,D, and Z access can run all Nlets transactions.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Categories</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ORIs are split into two primary categories: criminal justice ORIs and non-criminal justice ORIs. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The non-criminal justice ORIs are further divided by whether their ORI was assigned by the FBI or by Nlets.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The criminal justice ORIs are broken into two groups of either law enforcement or criminal justice according to the type of agency that the ORI belongs to.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>What is ORION?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nlets keeps an up-to-date database of ORIs called our ORION database. It supports users by helping them find the ORI of an Nlets user agency when only the location or Federal Agency (name of agency) is known, and/or provides information about an agency if only the ORI is known. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To keep our records up to date, each Nlets Representative must ensure that all ORION entries have been certified as up to date and accurate at least every two years.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>S ORIs</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>One type of non-criminal justice ORI is the ‘S ORI’, which Nlets can assign to agencies whose application to NCIC for an ORI has been rejected. This type of ORI is identifiable by the ‘S’ in the 9<sup>th</sup> character. Some common uses of S ORIs include traffic enforcement agencies, child support enforcement agencies, and more.  Even the Army Corps of Engineers uses an S ORI!</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Applying for an S ORI</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When an agency’s application for an ORI from NCIC is rejected, they become eligible to request one from Nlets. To do so, they will need to submit their rejection letter from NCIC along with a request for an ORI from Nlets that is signed by their Nlets Representative. Many applicants also choose to include supporting documentation with their application (often their bylaws) to demonstrate a significant need. Once the application is complete, it is sent to the Nlets Service Center. The final decision is made by Nlets’ Executive Director. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If approved, the agency will then be assigned an S ORI that they can use to run their approved type of transaction.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Limited Use of S ORIs</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is important to note that because Nlets assigns S ORIs under our own authority and the agency’s original request was rejected by NCIC, there are some states who will not accept them. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You can use the NLORIHELP HELP File to view the<a> </a><span><span><a class="msocomanchor" href="#_msocom_1" name="_msoanchor_1" id="_msoanchor_1">[KS1]</a> </span></span>ORI participation list of states who accept S ORIs with an ‘S’ in 9<sup>th</sup> position.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>FS ORIs</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nlets has now created an FS ORI, which can be used by <a>Fire-Only</a><span><span> </span></span>Public Service Answering Points (PSAPS). FS ORIs are a type of S ORI. These ORIs will have an ‘F’ in the 8<sup>th</sup> position to distinguish them from S ORIs issued to Fire PSAPs. Part of the Nlets Corporate Strategic Plan includes a mission to expand our services to Fire and EMS and this is the first step toward accomplishing that goal.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Suffolk County NY Fire &amp; Rescue Emergency Services was the first fire PSAP to go live with alarm notifications using Nlets. It is our hope that we will be able to quickly bring additional fire PSAPS on board. The initial use case will be for alarm notifications only but may eventually extend beyond that.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you know of a Fire PSAP that would like to connect for alarm notifications via the newly created FS ORI, please have them reach out to Bonnie Locke at <a href="mailto:blocke@nlets.org">blocke@nlets.org</a>.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <hr /> <p><span><span><span>We hope that this article helped clarify why you should care about what an ORI is. If you have additional questions about ORIs, please contact the Service Center at <a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">servicecenter@nlets.org</a>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Additional resources you may find helpful:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/ultimate-guide-accessing-help-files">Ultimate Guide to Accessing HELP Files</a></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/your-complete-guide-xml">What is ‘XML’ Anyway?</a></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-statistics-101">Nlets Statistics 101</a></span></span></span></p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 20:02:37 +0000 opaulson 125 at https://nlets.org Valued Veterans: Nlets Employee Spotlights  https://nlets.org/resources/blog/valued-veterans-nlets-employee-spotlights <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Valued Veterans: Nlets Employee Spotlights </span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-11/website%20graphic%20%281%29.png?itok=V-wJ3iMt" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At Nlets, we value the service of all who work in the law enforcement and public safety community, including those who have served the United States of America in the armed forces.  </p> <p>In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we would like to take the time to recognize the employees on Nlets’ staff who are Veterans.  </p> <p>Today, we would like to spotlight six of our team members who have previously served the United States. </p> <p>As we know, the military teaches those who serve a variety of valuable skills: teamwork, dedication to others, a strong work ethic, and resilience, amongst other things. </p> <p>Every day, we see those characteristics in our team members who have served, as we work towards our three guiding principles of impact, integrity, and innovation. Today, and every day, we thank both the veterans on our staff and across the U.S. for their sacrifice and service.  </p> <hr /> <h5><strong>Randy DeForest </strong></h5> <p>Branch: US Navy </p> <p>During my time in the Navy, I was stationed in San Diego.  I was in training for an electronics job. I joined the Navy because I felt that it was my civic duty to do so.  </p> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-11/randy.png" width="416" height="520" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> <hr /> <h5>Teri Harsin </h5> <p>Branch: US Marine Corps </p> <p>I became interested in joining the military when I met a Marine Corps recruiter at a job fair being held at our local mall. I was so enamored by him and his overall presence that I said to myself, “One day, I want to be that guy.” I was 12 years old at the time. From that point forward I never wanted to do anything more than to become a Marine. I graduated top of my platoon in boot camp and held two MOS’s (jobs) while serving: 3051 Supply Warehouseman and 571 NBC – Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare (Instructor). The eight years I served were some of the hardest days of my life but also some of the most rewarding! </p> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-11/teri.png" width="416" height="520" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> <p> </p> <hr /> <h5>Steven Gehlke: </h5> <p>Branch: US Air Force </p> <p>I served in the Air Force and was a F-16 Crew Chief stationed at Luke AFB. I was part of the generation that joined in response to the 9/11 attacks. During my time serving, I learned that the world is much bigger than yourself.  </p> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-11/steven.png" width="416" height="520" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> <hr /> <h5>Anthony Marson </h5> <p>Branch: Navy </p> <p>I joined the Navy in 1979, when I was merely 19 years old. A friend of mine asked if I would consider joining up and I went to the Scottsdale Recruiting center. While I was there, I went ahead and took my entrance exam. The next thing you know, I was all set to enlist. Then, on May 22, 1979, I officially became a US Navy Airmen serving as an Avionics Technician (AT). Looking back, I know that that was one of the best decisions I ever made. I went on to complete six years of service with four years active duty and two years reserve duty. I spent four years at sea aboard the USS Eisenhower as an Avionics Technician third class Petty Officer (AT3). </p> <article class="align-center media media--type-image media--view-mode-embedded"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-11/anthony.png" width="416" height="520" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </article> <hr /> <h5>Larry Elsea </h5> <p>Branch: Air Force </p> <hr /> <h5>Nate Stringer </h5> <p>Branch: Army </p> <hr /> <p>Thanks to all of our veterans for their service to the country. We are so lucky to work alongside all of you!</p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 17:45:09 +0000 opaulson 124 at https://nlets.org 2nd Vice President Spotlight - Michelle Farris https://nlets.org/resources/blog/2nd-vice-president-spotlight-michelle-farris <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2nd Vice President Spotlight - Michelle Farris</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-11/michelle%20farris%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=Lelyx7Nz" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the sixth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing. </p> <p>Today, meet Michelle Farris, Chief of the Crime Records Division at the Texas Department of Public Safety. She has been an Nlets Representative for almost ten years. </p> <p><strong>Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Didn’t Know What Nlets Was? </strong></p> <p>A. As an Nlets Representative, I am primarily responsible for representing the state of Texas within a national forum.  It is also my responsibility to promote and provide training on existing Nlets services to the state’s user community. Additionally, I work to promote Nlets’ information sharing goals and objectives to ensure agencies and their officers have the critical information they need.</p> <p><strong>Q. What Are Some Highlights of Being an Nlets Representative and What Are Some of the Challenges? </strong></p> <p>A. Some of the highlights of serving as an Nlets Rep are the opportunities to network and speak with other state representatives to further information sharing objectives and to solve problems. The most difficult aspect of the role is understanding all the functionality the Nlets network provides to the criminal justice community. Nlets Representatives are well versed in their individual states, so becoming the Nlets Representative required me to look beyond the borders of Texas and outwards at the information sharing needs across the nation. </p> <p><strong>Q: What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You’ve Had Working with Nlets? </strong></p> <p>The most impactful experience I’ve had was when I was asked to serve on the Nlets Finance and Management Committee.  While this committee takes on subject matter that most would not find interesting, it does provide insight into the day-to-day operations of Nlets at the most fundamental level.  Gaining this fundamental understanding of the organization led me to want to assume additional leadership roles within the organization. The success of Nlets is derived directly from its membership and the level of effort those members invest in the organization to ensure its future.   </p> <p><strong>Q. Can You Share One Success Story Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State? </strong></p> <p>A. It is difficult to provide only one success story.  Texas runs hundreds of transactions every day.  Thanks to the information Nlets provides to criminal justice and law enforcement users, there are dozens of instances where the use of information derived from the Nlets network was integral to a successful outcome.  </p> <p><strong>Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why? </strong></p> <p>A. I would say ‘network’. A network is a fabric or structure that crosses at regular intervals and is knotted or secured at the crossings. Nlets is a network of people, comprised of Nlets staff, state Representatives, and strategic partners, all working together to provide a strong and secure information sharing network. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:00:40 +0000 opaulson 123 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Mike Zehring https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-mike-zehring <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Mike Zehring</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-11/Mike%20team%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=vbv_Uafg" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Today, meet Mike Zehring, Nlets’ Senior Project Manager. He has been with Nlets for 7.5 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. I’m responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of my assigned projects, whether it be a hardware replacement, Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) implementation, or an Nlets conference. I work closely with our PMO manager as well as staff and external partners to ensure that the details of projects and accounted for and everyone has what they need to work toward a successful project. On a typical day, I’ll be in several meetings regarding ongoing projects. During times when I’m not in meetings, I’m usually reviewing statuses and roadblocks, building project plans, and updating documentation. I see myself as a resource to make things as smooth as possible for those involved in Nlets projects.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. I feel lucky to be a part of Nlets and the criminal justice and public safety community at large. The staff is extremely talented and inspires me to reach their level of skill, teamwork, and dedication every day. I also look forward to the chance to interact with Nlets Representatives and other community colleagues at the various in-person Nlets events. After spending most of the year communicating through email and conference call, it’s always great to see folks in person and learn a little more about who they are. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents? </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. I enjoy traveling and checking out new restaurants around town. I pretend I’m still athletic by playing in a 6v6 soccer league during the week. My wife and I enjoy board games—although some of our biggest fights have been related to particularly shrewd moves while playing “Catan”. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A. I responded to LinkedIn job listing after two years copywriting for a start-up out of college. The Nlets office was a significant commute, but it seemed to be a unique company that offered the chance to grow my skills and make a difference. I was also intrigued that most of its employees and been around for years—that was something I wasn’t used to coming from the start-up environment. Since then, I have shifted into a new career path and forged strong relationships with fellow staff members. I enjoy that we are small enough to know everyone by name. As I mentioned above, I feel lucky to be able to work with so many talented people. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Mon, 01 Nov 2021 16:44:21 +0000 opaulson 121 at https://nlets.org Success Story: Administrative Message (AM) - Regional Broadcast https://nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-administrative-message-am-regional-broadcast <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Success Story: Administrative Message (AM) - Regional Broadcast</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/regional%20broadcast%20success%20story%20website%20graphic.png?itok=APiWmFEN" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The following story describes how using the AM – Regional Broadcast alerted relevant terminals of critical information. </strong></p> <blockquote> <p>“A large electrical generating station in New Jersey is experiencing technical problems, and utility officials notify the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Office of Emergency Management.  </p> <p>The generating station will be taken offline at a prescribed time to affect repairs, and outages are expected in areas of New Jersey and several neighboring states.  </p> <p>The NJSP generates a Regional Broadcast Administrative Message using the Region B (Code B1) distribution to alert all terminals of the potential outages in the Region B Group, which includes its neighbor states and appropriate US Federal agencies.” </p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p>Do you or your agency have a success story to share with us about how Nlets helped you solve a case or track down a suspect? We’d love to hear it. Just send us an email at <em><a href="mailto:news@nlets.org" target="_blank">news@nlets.org</a></em> or give us a call at <em><a href="tel:6233083513">623-308-3513</a></em>.  </p> <hr /> <p>Want to read another sample success story? Check out a few below: </p> <ul> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-faa-aircraft-registration-system" target="_blank">Success Story: FAA Aircraft Registration System</a> </em></p> </li> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-concealed-weapon-permit-information" target="_blank">Success Story: Concealed Weapon Permit Information</a> </em></p> </li> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-boat-registration-transaction" target="_blank">Success Story: Boat Registration Transaction</a> </em></p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/case-study" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:37:20 +0000 opaulson 120 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Dustin Green https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-dustin-green <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Dustin Green</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/Dustin%20team%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=2A5On14J" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Today, meet Dustin Green, Nlets’ Senior Software Engineer. He has been working at Nlets for 15 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more). </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A. As Senior Software Engineer, my primary responsibilities include the maintenance of the core applications that allow Nlets to provide the services that our users have come to depend on and the development of new services going forward. On any given day I may find myself taking a deep dive into our logs to determine the root cause of a performance issue, working on a few user-related tickets, and then coding the next great Nlets offering! Some of the highlights of my career at Nlets include the work done building the current version of our message switch (NJIN 2.0) and the development of the DMV related XML parsing frameworks.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A. My favorite part about working at Nlets is the mission. It is a fantastic feeling to know that the work you do and the services your work facilitates have a real impact on the lives of law enforcement officials and the citizens they protect. A close second to that is the team of likeminded individuals that I get to work with on a daily basis. By this I mean not only the fantastic Staff at Nlets who excel at setting the bar high and are all dedicated to helping others reach that bar, but also all the various individuals within our community of partners that I work with on a daily basis. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A. When not at work, my time is often spent with my family, more specifically, entertaining my niece and nephew. I enjoy consuming videos on the internet that focus on physics, mathematics, and philosophy. I have often been known to pick a song I enjoy and then teach myself how to play it on the piano. For me a perfect afternoon is just sitting out on the back porch with a cold drink and a good book on my Kindle. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A. Frank Minice. I had just finished college, and my school set me up with a number of interviews. When I sat down with Frank for my interview, the excitement with which he spoke about the Nlets mission and all the projects coming down the pipeline and the opportunities for growth and expansion got me excited to work for Nlets. This was in 2005, back before Nlets had its own building, when it was still operating out of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It has been exciting to be a part of the tremendous growth Nlets has experienced since then.</span></span></span></span></p> <hr /> <p><span><span><span><span>Want to meet more Nlets' staff? Check out some of the spotlights below:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-tony-abate">Team Spotlight - Tony Abate</a></em></p> </li> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-randy-deforest">Team Spotlight - Randy DeForest</a></em></p> </li> <li> <p><em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/resources/blog/new-hire-spotlight-josh-hathaway">New Hire Spotlight - Josh Hathaway</a></em></p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:30:31 +0000 opaulson 119 at https://nlets.org Human Readable RAND Search Results Now Available https://nlets.org/resources/blog/human-readable-rand-search-results-now-available <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Human Readable RAND Search Results Now Available</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic%20%281%29_1.png?itok=oMzWe263" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nlets offers a service that will search through historical transactions. It is known as our Random Access to Nlets Data (RAND) process, and has proven very useful to many users to research previous transactions. Users conduct the search by using Nlets’ NLQ/NLR and NFQ/NFR message keys. <br />  </p> <p>During the 2021 Spring Technical Operations Committee (TOC) meeting, Nlets staff was asked to provide the feasibility of updating the current RAND process to include human readable results.  As we progressed through our research and analysis, it became clear that not only was it feasible, it was very doable.   <br />  </p> <p>The Application Services team created the architecture and supporting requirements to achieve this goal, and it is now available to users.  While we were at it, we also made a few other changes that should make RAND easier to use!   <br />  </p> <p>In simple terms, we have been able to provide the search results without any of the ugly, hard to read XML that makes it difficult to discern what the message actually says! <br />  </p> <p><strong>Here are some of the key changes: </strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>When returning the initial list (NLQ/NLR) of results: </p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The sequence number has been reduced to a maximum of 10 characters </p> </li> <li> <p>The sample message will contain up to the first 80 characters of the result without the Nlets header and completely in human readable text </p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> <strong>Results from the detailed response (NFQ/NFR): </strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Will be presented in human readable text </p> </li> <li> <p>Any XML formatting will be removed, and fields identified </p> </li> <li> <p>The original XML message can be retrieved by adding an “X” to the end of the sequence number when submitting the NFQ message to Nlets </p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> We are very excited to move forward with this change with the hope that more users will find the RAND process useful.  For more information and examples of the updates to the RAND process, please <em><a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_10:_Random_Access_to_Nlets_Data_(RAND)" target="_blank">see our wiki page</a>,</em> or contact the Nlets Service Center. </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:08:34 +0000 opaulson 114 at https://nlets.org Success Story: FAA Aircraft Registration System https://nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-faa-aircraft-registration-system <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Success Story: FAA Aircraft Registration System</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/faa%20success%20story.png?itok=qE0x-fhn" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nlets</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The following story describes how using the FAA Aircraft Registration System led a Customs and Border Patrol Officer to inspect a suspicious aircraft for illegal drugs.</strong></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p>A Customs and Border Patrol officer is tasked with monitoring all incoming small aircraft from Mexico into Arizona. He observes a plane landing during nighttime hours that appears to turn off its lights immediately upon landing as if to conceal any features or identifying numbers of the plane. This raises his suspicion.</p> <p>He can see the registration number on the tail of the aircraft and asks dispatch to run a GQ. The GR indicates the aircraft has been involved in numerous drug smuggling incidents in the past which gives him probable cause to approach the pilot and inspect the aircraft for illegal drugs.</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Have you heard the updates that Nlets recently made to FAA Registration Queries? <em><a href="https://www.nlets.org/our-impact/news/f565095c-0a78-11ec-a8ac-00155d7ffc17">Check out our blog</a></em> on the recent updates that we made to the way we access aircraft registration data from the FAA.<br />  </p> <p>Do you or your agency have a success story to share with us about how Nlets helped you solve a case or track down a suspect? We’d love to hear it. Just send us an email at news@nlets.org or give us a call at 623-308-3513.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/case-study" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:06:27 +0000 opaulson 113 at https://nlets.org The First Policewoman https://nlets.org/resources/blog/first-policewoman <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The First Policewoman</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic_1.png?itok=vuqEON7Z" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When we think of historically significant women, most of us think of people like Rosa Parks, a major face of the Civil Rights movement, or Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Others might think of Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Frank, or Susan B. Anthony. While these women undoubtedly were influential, the reality is that many more women have had an impact than just those that we are taught about in history class. </p> <p>In honor of National Policewoman Day on September 12<sup>th</sup>, we’d like to introduce you to Alice Stebbins Wells: the first true policewoman (1). She was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Force in 1910 after convincing the mayor, city council and police commissioner to pass legislation that allowed her to join.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Who Was Alice Stebbins Wells?</strong></p> <p>Before her career as a policewoman, Wells studied theology and criminology at Hartford Seminary, followed by serving as a pastor and social welfare worker in Oklahoma. In 1906, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles, where she began her campaign for the inclusion of women as officers on the police force.</p> <p>At the time, women primarily worked in law enforcement as matrons in institutions for women and juveniles. However, Wells was serious about getting hired as a policewoman, so after she gained the requisite 100 signatures on a petition from her fellow citizens, she asked the mayor, police commissioner and the city council to allow women to be appointed as policewomen. After they approved the petition and passed the appropriate legislation, Wells was finally appointed in September 1910 as the nation’s first designated policewoman with all the authority of her male counterparts.<br />  </p> <p><strong>First Days on the Job</strong></p> <p>On her first day at work, she was given a telephone call box key, a book of rules, a first aid book, and a policeman’s badge (she was not given a uniform – she had to sew that herself). At the time, the policeman’s badge entitled officers to free transportation on the trolley to work, however, when Wells displayed her badge, the conductor accused her of misusing her husband’s identity. Shortly afterward, she was presented with a badge titled ‘Policewoman’s Badge Number One’.</p> <p>Her initial duties included supervising and enforcing laws regarding “dance halls, skating rinks, penny arcades, picture shows, and other similar public recreation”. However, after a few months on the job, she was given additional responsibilities when her fellow officers adapted a policy that no young women could be questioned by male officers. The reasoning behind this was that “policewomen, who, by their womanly sympathy and intuition, are able to gain the confidence of their younger sisters”.</p> <p>Within two years of her appointment, there were three policewomen and three police matrons in the Los Angeles Police Force.<br />  </p> <p><strong>A Powerful Change</strong></p> <p>The additional policewomen in the Los Angeles Police Department were only the beginning of the change that Wells brought to the law enforcement community.</p> <p>Her initial appointment in 1910 brought national publicity, and by 1916, her efforts in promoting the need for female officers resulted in the hiring of policewoman in 16 other cities and several foreign countries. Wells traveled and gave lectures to police departments and the public on the idea that having female police officers would lead to “safer streets, improved social conditions, and an increase in the overall welfare of cities”. She also assisted in the initial organization of the International Policewoman’s Association in 1915.</p> <p>By 1918, Wells persuaded UCLA to offer the first course to its students on the work of women police officers.</p> <p>Her career concluded in 1940, when she had been a policewoman for 30 years.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Alice Stebbins Wells’ career was influential for several reasons, but especially for her fight for the idea that women are particularly well-qualified to perform protective and preventative work amongst juveniles and female criminals.</p> <p>Though her name is not commonly known in households, her actions left a lasting impact on the law enforcement community in Los Angeles, and moreover, the United States as a whole. An unsuspecting social worker from Oklahoma turned policewoman shows all of us that sometimes the most unlikely people can sometimes make the biggest change.<br />  </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Sources:</strong></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.laalmanac.com/crime/cr73b.php">http://www.laalmanac.com/crime/cr73b.php</a></em></p> <p><em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Stebbins_Wells">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Stebbins_Wells</a></em></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alice-Stebbins-Wells">https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alice-Stebbins-Wells</a></em></p> <p><em><a href="https://womenyoushouldknow.net/alice-stebbins-wells-meet-first-woman-police-officer-arrest-powers-u-s/">https://womenyoushouldknow.net/alice-stebbins-wells-meet-first-woman-police-officer-arrest-powers-u-s/</a></em></p> <p>(1) Several other women are also considered to be the first policewoman, however, they did not hold the powers of arrest, so for the purpose of this article, we are focusing on Alice Stebbins Wells.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/history" hreflang="en">History</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:05:08 +0000 opaulson 112 at https://nlets.org Ultimate Guide to Accessing HELP Files https://nlets.org/resources/blog/ultimate-guide-accessing-help-files <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ultimate Guide to Accessing HELP Files</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic%20%281%29_0.png?itok=NFnn18M7" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Matt Butler</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Overview</strong></p> <p>We know that while many agencies and users run Nlets transactions, many are unaware of a tool that can help them run queries more efficiently and potentially yield better results.</p> <p>Today, we will introduce you to the HELP File – a tool available to all Nlets users. The files assist users with running transactions by providing additional information about certain queries.</p> <p>There are two types of HELP files:</p> <ol> <li> <p>HELP files that deal with state or other member HELP records.</p> </li> <li> <p>HELP files that deal with general HELP records maintained by Nlets.</p> </li> </ol> <p>We will cover each type of file in more detail below.<br />  </p> <p><strong>1. State/Province/Federal Member Agency HELP Files</strong></p> <p>State/Province/Federal Member Agency HELP Files provide information on data specific to a particular state. For example, querying the California HELP File for Vehicle Registration Transactions would provide information on all California specific information pertaining to the query (instructions, guidelines, and/or notes).</p> <p>To access a particular state’s HELP File, send an Administrative Message (AM) to a single destination address that designates your requested HELP record.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Format</strong></p> <p>To access a HELP File for a particular state, you’ll want to follow the destination format ‘ssfffHELP’.</p> <p>The first two characters, ‘ss’, designate the specific state/province, the 3rd, 4th and 5th characters, ‘fff’, designate which HELP File you're looking for, and both are followed by<a> the word HELP.</a></p> <p><a>For example, to access the Vehicle Registrations HELP File in Arizona, you would send an AM message to AZLICHELP, where AZ is the specific state file, LIC defines the specific type of record and, finally, the word HELP.</a></p> <p>Please note that while many queries are supported with HELP Files, it is not universal.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Canadian HELP Files</strong></p> <p>Several HELP files have been assigned to Canada to assist users in accessing their interface. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) supports many of the files that are accessible through the interface. There is a single HELP file for each of those.</p> <p> </p> <p>Each province/territory in Canada also has the following HELP files for vehicle registration and driver's license information.</p> <p>      xxLICHELP = one for each province/territory; 12 in all</p> <p>      xxOLNHELP = one for each province/territory; 12 in all</p> <p> </p> <p>(xx = Province/territory Identification Code.)</p> <p><br /> <strong>Requirements to Participate</strong></p> <p>Whether or not your state, province, or agency currently uses a HELP file, one is available to you via a reserved area on the Nlets system. You do not need to allocate space or do extensive program changes on your system to participate in the HELP program. To learn more about setting up a HELP File, contact the Nlets Service Center at <a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">servicecenter@nlets.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Maintenance</strong></p> <p>To maintain up-to-date information, each state/province should validate their HELP files annually to insure their relevance and accuracy. Otherwise, they risk a user querying their HELP File and receiving incorrect information about running the query that could be critical to an investigation.</p> <p><a>It is also very beneficial to include several test records in your state’s HELP File that can be utilized to determine how your agency will respond to a record. Test records assist end-users and programmers utilize safe records for testing purposes.</a></p> <p><br /> <strong>2. Nlets HELP Records</strong></p> <p>Nlets has also developed several informational HELP records and made them available to all users. This type of HELP Files typically provide information on which states support a particular transaction. For example, the Nlets HELP File for Concealed Weapons Permit Information will contain information on which states do or do not share records.</p> <p>You can see the list of available Nlets HELP Records below, along with the specific destination ORI required to access the information. We have also created an infographic that will help you create the appropriate destination ORI to find what you are looking for. You can download the infographic <em><a href="https://nlets.org/sites/default/files/2022-01/color%20flow%20chart.pdf">here</a></em>.</p> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Destination ORI </strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong> HELP Information Records</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>FNORIHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of the Federal codes that are converted to ORION Fed<br />  search codes in the ORION file.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLBASHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states providing a boat &amp; snowmobile HELP file on<br />  Nlets and a test record available to other users over Nlets.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLFLYHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains information on how to submit a LEO Flying Armed message.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLGUNHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support inquires to their Concealed Carry<br />  of Weapon permit (CCW) files.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLIMGHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains information on destinations that support image comparison (facial/plate recognition) search requests.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLLPRHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains information on the License Plate Reader Program.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLNOQHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support name only driver license and<br />  vehicle registration inquires.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLOLNHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states providing automated driver license and HELP<br />  FILES over Nlets and a test record available to other users over<br />  Nlets. It should also indicate if state supports name only inquiries.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLORIHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains list of states that accept Nlets assigned "S".</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLPPCHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support inquires to their parole, probation<br />  and corrections files.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLSIRHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states providing automated responses to IQ and/or<br />  FQ queries.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLSONHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support sex offender notifications.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLSORHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support inquiries to their sex offender<br />  registration file.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLSWQHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support inquiries on state warrants.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLTSTHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of state test records.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLWLQHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains a list of states that support Wildlife Violation transactions.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NLWTHHELP</p> </td> <td> <p> Contains information on states that provide road/weather information<br /> on an automated and non-automated basis.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>We hope this information regarding HELP Files was useful. If you have additional questions regarding HELP Files, contact the Nlets Service Center at <em><a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">servicecenter@nlets.org</a> </em>or 800-528-4020.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:00:19 +0000 opaulson 111 at https://nlets.org New Catalytic Converter Part Lookup via Nlets https://nlets.org/resources/blog/new-catalytic-converter-part-lookup-nlets <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Catalytic Converter Part Lookup via Nlets</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=PfgsoB3g" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Through the NAQ message key, Nlets supports many lookup files provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), National Vehicle Systems (NVS), and Locator Technologies.  NVS has partnered with Retaina Group to provide law enforcement access to future and current unique codes applied to catalytic converters, allowing for the identification of a potential stolen part.</p> <p> </p> <p>Nlets supports this effort via the NAQ message key.  These queries are currently supported by NVS utilizing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) field of the NAQ.  This implementation will continue to be supported in the future.  To continue our efforts to establish and maintain messaging standards, Nlets has added a new field to the query for the part number. </p> <p>We have updated <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_27:_National_Insurance_Crime_Bureau_and_National_Vehicle_Services_and_Locator">Section 27 of the Nlets Wiki</a> to reflect these changes.</p> <p> </p> <p>Changes to the NAQ message key:</p> <ul> <li> <p>For users sending an NAQ in the TEXT based format, send a NAQ using the Part Identifier (PID) field followed by the part number. Nlets will forward the query to NVS and return the results to the user.</p> </li> <li> <p>For users sending an NAQ in GJXDM, please continue to use the VIN field to supply the part number.</p> </li> <li> <p>For NIEM users, please review the changes made to the XSD and XSLT files on the Nlets Wiki.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>Nlets is excited to help provide this information from NVS to our community.  Please <a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">contact the Nlets Service Center</a> with any questions concerning this new implementation.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:58:47 +0000 opaulson 110 at https://nlets.org FAA Registration Queries Are Back https://nlets.org/resources/blog/faa-registration-queries-are-back <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FAA Registration Queries Are Back</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic%20%281%29.png?itok=YqJs9iYy" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nlets has long supported queries to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Registration System. These transactions, known as the GQ/GR, are intended to allow law enforcement officers and investigators to look up aircraft data based on the tail number (N-Number), aircraft serial number, or owner name. Unfortunately, in September of 2020, due to changes to the FAA’s website, Nlets method for obtaining this data became unmanageable. <br />  </p> <p>Because we know that accessing aircraft registration data is important to our users, Nlets has been working hard to find a way to gather the information through other means. We are happy to report that as of Monday, August 30<sup>th</sup> 2021, Nlets has a new source for the aircraft registration data from the FAA, which will allow for the GQ/GR message keys to be run as they were previously.<br />  </p> <p>Here’s how it works: Every day, Nlets will download a set of informational files from the FAA containing current and historical aircraft registration data and will use those files to create a database as a source for the GQ/GR message keys. Since FAA updates these files daily, this change to a daily download of these files means that Nlets’ users will have access to the most updated information via the transaction.<br />  </p> <p>The actual GQ message format will remain the same, so no programmatic updates will be needed to continue use of this message key. As for the GR, it has only changed in the amount and type of data that will be returned. The incorporation of our new data source means that users will receive different information than that of the original source. Nlets has made the appropriate changes to the text returned via the GR. <br />  </p> <p>We are excited to bring this message key back online to support our users’ needs.<br />  </p> <p>If you have any questions about the update to the transaction, please contact the Nlets Service Center at <a href="mailto:servicecenter@nlets.org">servicecenter@nlets.org</a>. For more information about the transactions themselves, please refer to <a href="http://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_25:_FAA_Aircraft_Registration_System">Section 25 of the Nlets Wiki</a>.<br />  </p> <p>You can view an example of the transaction below:</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/faasample.png" /></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:57:11 +0000 opaulson 109 at https://nlets.org Success Story: Concealed Weapon Permit Information https://nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-concealed-weapon-permit-information <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Success Story: Concealed Weapon Permit Information</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/concealed%20weapon%20permit%20information.png?itok=DJX4n3H7" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nlets</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The following story describes how a Detective in Utah used the Concealed Weapons Permit Information System  to uncover the truth about a man who was ultimately convicted of aggravated assault:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Detective Nguyen was assigned to investigate the violation of a domestic violence restraining order in Utah where the victim claimed her estranged boyfriend drove by her house and pointed a handgun at her to scare her from testifying against him at an upcoming court hearing.</p> <p>The suspect, who had recently moved across the border to Arizona, claimed he did not own or have access to a firearm and had no familiarity with them. He said he was merely driving by her house to make sure she was okay.</p> <p>After running a CWQ on the estranged boyfriend, Officer Nguyen found that the estranged boyfriend had a permit to carry a firearm in Arizona, which undermined his earlier statement and his credibility.</p> <p>The suspect was subsequently found in contempt and convicted of aggravated assault based partly on the concealed weapons permit information provided by Arizona.</p> </blockquote> <hr /> <p>Do you or your agency have a success story to share with us about how Nlets helped you solve a case or track down a suspect? We’d love to hear it. Just send us an email at <a href="http://mailto:news@nlets.org/">news@nlets.org</a> or give us a call at <a href="http://tel:6233083513/">623-308-3513</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/case-study" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:56:09 +0000 opaulson 108 at https://nlets.org Success Story: Boat Registration Transaction https://nlets.org/resources/blog/success-story-boat-registration-transaction <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Success Story: Boat Registration Transaction</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/boat%20reg%20tra.png?itok=RRFq_fmm" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 9, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Chuck Fehrman</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The following story describes how the US Coast Guard (USCG) used a Boat Registration Query to discover that the operator of a vessel was not who he said he was:</strong></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p>The USCG Station Portsmouth boat crew and boarding team came across a vessel adrift in the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA. The boarding team found two persons on-board; the vessel was estimated as a 65-foot Hatteras style fishing boat. The operator, who also indicated he was the vessel’s owner, stated he had engine problems and needed a tow to a marina in Hampton, VA. However, USCG policy is to assist a vessel to the closest and safest safe harbor, which was Waterside Marina in downtown Norfolk, VA.  Upon being told of the change the operator became agitated and insistent that he be taken to the marina in Hampton.  Due to the vessel operator’s ongoing agitation and insistence, the boarding officer requested that the Norfolk Police meet them at Waterside Marina. </p> <p> </p> <p>Upon arrival at Waterside Marina, the boarding officer started a post-SAR boarding. During the boarding, the boarding officer noted that the documented numbers permanently affixed to the vessel were altered and the operator could not produce the Certificate of Documentation. The boarding officer asked dispatch to run a Boat Registration Query through Nlets, requesting registration and/or documentation identification and verification from the Coast Guard.  The Nlets Boat Registration Response verified that the numbers affixed to the vessel were invalid, that no Certificate of Documentation exists and that the name of the owner does not match the identification presented by the operator. Norfolk Police subsequently indicated to the boarding officer that the identified operator of the vessel had an outstanding arrest warrant in place. The vessel was impounded, and the operator taken into custody by the Norfolk Police.</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><em>This scenario was provided by Chuck Fehrman / CJIS Systems Officer, US Coast Guard</em></p> <p> </p> <p>Do your or your agency have a success story to share with us about how Nlets helped you solve a case or track down a suspect? We’d love to hear it. Just send us an email at <a href="mailto:news@nlets.org">news@nlets.org</a> or give us a call at <a href="http://tel:6233083513/">623-308-3513</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/case-study" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:53:39 +0000 opaulson 107 at https://nlets.org New President Spotlight - Jeremy Hansford https://nlets.org/resources/blog/new-president-spotlight-jeremy-hansford <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New President Spotlight - Jeremy Hansford</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/jeremy%20hansford.png?itok=5Y1zoSUp" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Jeremy Hansford</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the sixth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing. <br />  </p> <p>Today, meet Jeremy Hansford, Chief Technology Officer and FBI CJIS Systems Officer for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the newly elected Nlets President! Jeremy has been employed by Ohio State Highway Patrol for over 16 years, where he has served in various technical capacities, including Network Technician, Ohio FBI CJIS Information Security Officer (ISO), Information Technology Manager, as well as his current role.  <br />  </p> <p>Mr. Hansford has been an Nlets Representative for ten years – his experience actually began while he was serving as a proxy for the Ohio Representative at our Annual Business Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota.  <br />  </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How would you describe your role as an Nlets Representative to someone who didn’t know what that was?  </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I start by explaining the functionality Nlets provides by using an out-of-state traffic stop scenario to detail the information flow from the officer’s computer and back. Then, I explain Nlets is a not-for-profit corporation that was founded by and funded by the states. Once I have framed what Nlets is and does, I explain my responsibilities as the Ohio Representative.   </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What have been some of the highlights and difficulties you’ve encountered while serving as an Nlets Representative? </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Serving as Nlets Representative has been a highlight of my career. I’ve learned more from counterparts and the Nlets team during my time as an Nlets Representative than I could have in a career of working only within my state. The company is agile, the staff is talented, and it's exciting to have the opportunity to positively impact officer and public safety on a national scale. The most difficult part of the role is devoting ample time to all responsibilities. As we are asked to do more with less, it becomes more challenging to dedicate the deserved attention to all people and commitments. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What has been a particularly impactful experience you’ve had working with Nlets? </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Serving as a committee member, a committee chair, an officer, and on the Board have provided opportunities for growth as a person and leader. I am thankful for the experience as an Nlets Representative, which has allowed me to learn so much about the corporation and international criminal justice information sharing.  </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is one word you would use to describe Nlets and why?  </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>Quality - the people, service, support, and products are of the highest caliber. I have always been impressed by the success and accomplishments of the Nlets team. </p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:52:07 +0000 opaulson 106 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Tony Abate https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-tony-abate <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Tony Abate</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/tony%20abate.png?itok=mcKFWfzO" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tony Abate</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>Today, meet Tony Abate, Nlets’ Systems Services Manager. He has been at Nlets for a little over 10 years and shared with us a little about his day-to-day role.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Q: What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></p> <p>A: My team is responsible for the physical and virtual enterprise systems infrastructure and applications as well as staff workstations, phones, and communications. We support all departments and ensure the underlying systems platform powering Nlets is running smoothly. A typical day for me involves productive meetings with staff, vendors, and customers. Additionally, I’m always working with my staff on projects, resolving issues, and developing solutions to keep pushing my department forward. In 2015, we introduced Nova, the Nlets Secure Cloud Platform, and I'm proud of the success we've seen in being able to offer Nlets-native cloud solutions to the law enforcement community. My team continues to design, build, and manage Nova on an ongoing basis to keep pace with industry and provide better functionality to our customers. In 2021, we introduced our Managed Services offering, further enhancing our relationship with customers and assisting them in their own IT tasks. With the support of Nlets Executive Management and our membership, the Systems Services team will continue to drive the Nlets and Nova systems technology platform into the future.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: My favorite part is the focus on our three values: Integrity, Impact, and Innovation. For me, those values mean everything. My colleagues, our membership, partners, and customers are who I work for. To be so closely involved in something so far reaching and important is awe-inspiring. The level of intelligence, skill, dedication, and passion in the people I work with makes working for Nlets a great time and I can't imagine being anywhere else.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I love to be outdoors and traveling: there's always somewhere new to be and something delicious to eat. A co-worker got me into scuba diving and it may be the best thing I've ever done (it’s the closest to space walking I'm likely to get). I also create board and card games with my wife and, when lumber isn't the price of gold and the weather's nice, I like to do some woodworking. My wife and I love going to the movies and finding great restaurants as well as touring as many museums and zoos as possible.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I was initially recruited through an agency for a contract position for a specific piece of technology. However, by the time the interview came around, it had turned into a full-time position. I didn't know much about Nlets, but studied as much as I could before meeting with anyone. I was fascinated not only with the mission but also the organization as a whole. At the time, I had two offers in front of me but selecting Nlets was a no-brainer: this was too important of a company to pass up. Over the years, my experiences here have truly had an impact on my life and I'm happy to have had an impact on Nlets.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:50:56 +0000 opaulson 105 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Randy DeForest https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-randy-deforest <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Randy DeForest</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/randy%20deforest.png?itok=HGvn7wQ8" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Randy DeForest, Nlets’ Application Services Manager. He has been with Nlets for 10 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I am responsible for all internal operational applications; NJIN, external services, member value-add, and operational support applications. I am also responsible for the design and architecture of applications and supporting systems. My typical day includes supporting the Application Services team in their efforts, working with other departments within Nlets, and providing support to our members.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. With several family members in the law enforcement community, the mission of Nlets is very important to me personally.  Working at Nlets provides me opportunity to work with some truly world class teammates and pushes me to grow personally and professionally.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, working with dog rescues, movies, and music. My family will tell you that I am a top tier nerd and love my gear and gadgets.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I was recruited to work at Nlets, and I couldn’t be happier.  From the very start, I was drawn to the mission and the impact Nlets has on the national law enforcement community.  This is where I belong and will stay as long as they let me.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:49:26 +0000 opaulson 104 at https://nlets.org New Hire Spotlight - Josh Hathaway https://nlets.org/resources/blog/new-hire-spotlight-josh-hathaway <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Hire Spotlight - Josh Hathaway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/josh%20hathaway.png?itok=XjbBnK0u" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Josh Hathaway</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Please give a warm welcome to Josh Hathaway, our new SOC Analyst! Josh started with Nlets in June 2021, and we are grateful to have him as a part of the Nlets Team!</p> <p> </p> <p>We asked him a few questions so everyone can get to know him a little better. You can read his answers below.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is the best trip you ever took and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: My girlfriend and I went to Tulum, Mexico a few months ago and that was probably the best trip I have been on. Most of our trips are only for a couple days, but that one we went for a whole week. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What’s a fact about you that nobody would guess?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I am half Puerto Rican. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I would go into the future about 15 years to see what my future self is doing.   </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: Any great podcasts you’re listening to?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I don’t listen to many podcasts. The only ones I listen too mostly pertain to sports. One of them for example is called “The Lowe Post” with Zach Lowe. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What food could you eat every day for a month?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Any variation of Mac and Cheese. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is your favorite place in your city?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I am relatively new to Phoenix, so my favorite place right now is probably our house and Mariposa Park where we walk our dogs every night. Otherwise, I liked the Biltmore area when we were staying there in an extended stay hotel.  </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What book are you reading right now?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I have not read a book in about a month or so. The last book I read was the original starship trooper’s book. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is your favorite way to relax?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A:I will watch basketball on TV, or I will play various video games that closely resemble chess. </p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:48:13 +0000 opaulson 103 at https://nlets.org Nlets Security Tip - Wire Transfer Fraud https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-security-tip-wire-transfer-fraud <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Security Tip - Wire Transfer Fraud</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/wire%20transfer%20fraud.png?itok=WVgoGdB_" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KnowBe4</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This content was provided by <a href="http://knowbe4%20security%20tips%20-%20malvertising/">KnowBe4</a></em></p> <p>What would you do if you received an email from your CEO or CFO asking you to make an immediate or urgent wire transfer of funds? If you are the person in your organization who is responsible for such tasks and receive requests like this regularly, you may not think twice. However, with the increased sophistication of hackers and cybercriminals, you must Stop, Look, and Think before deciding how to proceed.<br /> <br /> Business Email Compromise is an advanced form of spear-phishing which targets employees of businesses that routinely perform wire transfer payments or work with foreign companies or suppliers. This form of cybercrime is steadily on the rise, and companies are losing thousands, even millions of dollars instantly because of a spoofed or compromised email address.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>How it Happens:</em></strong><br /> <br /> First, the scammers target the email accounts of business executives or high-level employees. Either they will gain actual access to those individuals’ email accounts through a targeted phishing attack and wait for the perfect time to take over (such as when those employees go on vacation or leave for a business trip), or they will simply spoof the email address and change where the email is sent when it is replied to. This is called header manipulation. Then, they will email an employee within an organization who may be responsible for making wire transfers or handling funds, asking them to process a transaction.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>When you receive any requests to transfer or wire funds:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Look closely to verify the email address when you receive a wire transfer or monetary transaction request. Check for any spelling errors or missing letters. </p> </li> <li> <p>Call the person who is requesting the transfer directly to verify that the request is legitimate, or follow your corporate verification procedures carefully. </p> </li> <li> <p>If you think a request is suspicious in any way, trust your instincts and inform management or IT immediately.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you reply to the message, be sure to look at the real email address before replying.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>To prevent YOUR email from being the one that is compromised:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Never provide your security or account credentials to anyone. </p> </li> <li> <p>Do not click on any links or open attachments in emails you receive, unless you are absolutely positive they are safe and from a legitimate sender. </p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> It is best to have a wire transfer process in place that requires more than just an email request. Either a phone call, face-to-face, or multi-person process is best.<br /> <br /> Remember, you are the key to preventing cybercrime in your organization. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:46:48 +0000 opaulson 102 at https://nlets.org Road Trips, Highways and Information Sharing https://nlets.org/resources/blog/road-trips-highways-and-information-sharing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Road Trips, Highways and Information Sharing</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic%20v2.png?itok=3n7XMfMt" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When you ask officers why they chose to work in law enforcement, you will likely get a variety of answers. You might hear, “I wanted a career that would help people and serve my community” from some, while others declare “I knew an officer personally and looked up to them”. But how often does someone tell you that they wanted to work in law enforcement because of the daily interactions with data? Pretty much never.<br />  </p> <p>And still - data (information sharing) is a part of all officers’ daily duties. When you pull someone over on the road for speeding, you will rely on data to determine what is safe to do next. In a murder investigation, finding out who is the owner of the gun found at the scene can make all the difference in the world. Whether it is something you have thought about often or not, information sharing plays a critical role in keeping you safe and helping you solve crimes.<br />  </p> <p>In a sense, data is like vehicles driving on the highway and the various agencies are like their destinations. It is critical that vehicles can travel on the highway from their origin to their destination, carrying their cargo where it needs to go. While the highway itself is not the most glamorous part of the road trip, without it being open and flowing freely, the vehicles could not reach where they need to go.<br />  </p> <p>Today, we would like to share with you some information about what could be considered the information superhighway of the criminal justice community; Nlets, the International Public Safety &amp; Justice Network.<br />  </p> <p><strong>What Exactly IS Nlets?</strong></p> <p>Nlets is a 501c(3), self-funded computer-based message switching system that links together and supports every state, local, and federal law enforcement, justice, and public safety agency for the purposes of sharing and exchanging critical information. Like highways supporting the cars where they need to go, we play an important role in keeping the law enforcement community safe. However, just like the highways are different from the cars they transport, so are we from criminal justice data itself.<br />  </p> <p>Simply put, we do not own any of the data that is being used in the criminal justice or public safety realm – we exist solely for the purpose of securely accessing that information for you. And believe it or not, there are probably more resources available to you than you know about.<br />  </p> <p>As a police officer, it is your responsibility to be aware of what resources are available to you. Do not rely on your dispatch or someone else to tell you what you have access to. Instead, be informed and be prepared to ask your dispatch for the information you know is available to assist you with your cases.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Still Unclear About How Nlets Works?</strong></p> <p>Here is a common scenario where Nlets is used numerous times each day.<br />  </p> <p>Imagine that you are a California driver on your way to Arizona. Since the drive is long and boring, you start to speed and are then pulled over by a state trooper. Because you are from California, you present your California driver license to the trooper. However, the trooper and dispatch in Arizona do not have direct access to the DMV information that California has about you, so they run a Nlets check to securely access that information.<br />  </p> <p>To accomplish this, the request is sent to dispatch by way of a Nlets query. Nlets first receives the query from the agency and checks to make sure it is a valid request. This is done by validating the Originating Agency Identifier (the identification for each agency/terminal that accesses Nlets and NCIC) to make sure the agency that is requesting the information is authorized to receive it. Once the validation is complete, the request is forwarded to California. California receives the request and pulls the information that is needed by the out-of-state trooper and sends an automated response back to Nlets. Nlets receives the response from California and then forwards the information back to the dispatcher in Arizona that made the initial request and ultimately the information gets back to the trooper that pulled you over.<br />  </p> <p>While this might sound like a lot of steps, the process is extremely quick, averaging about 1.5 seconds in total. What’s more, this happens all day, every day. In fact, in 2019, Nlets processed over three billion transactions.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Why Does This All Matter?</strong></p> <p>When you can take advantage of all the data you have available, it allows you to make educated decisions. And when your decision is made based on the most complete picture, it makes you better equipped to take on anything that comes your way.<br />  </p> <p>At the end of the day, our goal is not to make your everyday life data-centric, but rather, to allow you to live every day in a data powered way.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:45:16 +0000 opaulson 101 at https://nlets.org The History of Flag Day https://nlets.org/resources/blog/history-flag-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The History of Flag Day</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/website%20graphic.png?itok=3CpEAobc" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Check out the below infographic to learn an overview of the holiday's history, or check out the article below it for a more detailed synopsis. </p> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/infographic.png" /></p> <p>When most of us think of summer holidays, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day come to mind. However, Flag Day, celebrated in the US on June 14<sup>th</sup>, is a significant date that commemorates the day the first flag resolution was passed.<br />  </p> <p><strong>The First Flag Resolution</strong></p> <p>During the American Revolution in early 1775, the colonists were fighting under a variety of different flags. Then, in June of that year, the Second Continental Congress decided to create the Continental Army – a more unified force. This led to the creation of what can be considered the first ‘American’ flag, known as the ‘Continental Colors’.</p> <p>The resolution stated:</p> <p><em>That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.</em><br />  </p> <p><strong>Origin of the Holiday</strong></p> <p>After the flag was created, there were several individuals who helped establish Flag Day as the holiday we know today.</p> <p>First, BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher in Wisconsin, regularly petitioned to have an annual observance of the new flag in magazine and paper articles. And on June 14, 1885, he and his students celebrated what he called the flag’s ‘birthday’, a celebration which can be considered the first formal recognition of the holiday. He ultimately came to be known as the ‘Father of the Flag’.</p> <p>Another influence was George Morris, a man from Hartford, Connecticut who created a formal observance of Flag Day in his hometown.</p> <p>And George Bolch, a kindergarten teacher in New York, planned Flag Day ceremonies for the children at the school.</p> <p>In the first serious legitimization of the holiday, on May 7, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish Flag Day, on June 14, as a legal holiday.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Federal Recognition</strong></p> <p>Even after Pennsylvania became the first state to establish Flag Day as a holiday in 1937, it wasn’t until 1949 that it became a national holiday.</p> <p>President Woodrow Wilson initially tried to give federal recognition to the day in 1916 and President Calvin Coolidge did the same in 1927, but it wasn’t until 1949 when Congress approved and President Harry Truman signed the observance of Flag Day on June 14 into law.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Current Day Celebrations</strong></p> <p>Even though we now observe Flag Day every June 14, it is not considered a federal holiday. Instead, we celebrate the stars and stripes through songs, parades, and ceremonies, and remind ourselves of the meaning behind the flag.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Sources:</strong></p> <p>https://www.rd.com/article/celebrate-flag-day/</p> <p><a href="https://www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day">https://www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day</a></p> <p>https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/a-brief-history-of-flag-day#:~:text=In%201916%2C%20President%20Woodrow%20Wilson,Day%20every%20year%20since%201911.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/history" hreflang="en">History</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:44:00 +0000 opaulson 100 at https://nlets.org VIN Check XML Attribute Modifications https://nlets.org/resources/blog/vin-check-xml-attribute-modifications <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIN Check XML Attribute Modifications</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Nlets data source for GVR messages changed its payload structure by removing some existing elements and adding new elements. Nlets has updated its GVR message elements accordingly (refer to table below). Nlets expects to deploy the updated GVR structure on Thursday 6/10/2021.</p> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Removed Nlets GVR Elements</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Added Nlets GVR Elements</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:AutoEmergencyBrakeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:ActiveSafetySysNote</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:ArtemisText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:AdaptiveDrivingBeam</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:CAFEBodyTypeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:AutoReverseSystem</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:CAFEMakeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:AutomaticPedestrianAlertingSound</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:CAFEModelText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:CAN_AACN</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:VehicleCountryText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:CollisionImminentBraking</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:VehicleEquipmentCategoryText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:DaytimeRunningLight</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:ManufacturerCategoryText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:DynamicBrakeSupport</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCAPBodyTypeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:EventDataRecorder</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCAPMakeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:ErrorText</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCAPModelText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:GrossCombinedWeightRating</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCICCodeText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:GrossCombinedWeightRatingUpTo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>n2-vc:RearVisibilityCameraText</p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:GrossCombinedWeightRatingUpTo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:KeylessIgnition</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:LowerBeamHeadlampLightSource</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:MakeID</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:ModelID</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCSAMapExcApprovedBy</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCSAMapExcApprovedOn</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCSAMappingException</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:NCSANote</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:PedestrianAutomaticEmergencyBraking</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:RearCrossTrafficAlert</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:RearVisibilitySystem</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:SAEAutomationLevel</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:SAEAutomationLevel_to</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:SemiautomaticHeadlampBeamSwitching</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> <p>n2-vc:TirePressureMonitoringSystem</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Please see <a href="http://wiki.nlets.org/index.php/Section_47:_VIN_Check">our wiki</a> for updated downloads and schemas. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:42:51 +0000 opaulson 99 at https://nlets.org Nlets Security Tip - Wifi Hotspots & VPN https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-security-tip-wifi-hotspots-vpn <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Security Tip - Wifi Hotspots &amp; VPN</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-10/wifi%20hotspots%20and%20vpn.png?itok=sMmiLiH8" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KnowBe4</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This content was provided by <a href="http://knowbe4%20security%20tips%20-%20malvertising/">KnowBe4</a></em></p> <p>Using free public WiFi at a coffee shop or airport hot spot is great for convenience, but bad for security.</p> <p>Most free access points do not make use of encryption. This is done for convenience and ease of access. If every person had to ask the barista or gate attendant for the WiFi key, it would get unruly, and no actual work would get done.<br /> Keep in mind that you are sharing those wireless airwaves with anyone that is within range of your wireless communications.</p> <p>There is technology out there that allows you to view the wireless computer communications that are within range of your device.</p> <p>To the bad guys, this technology lets them see what you are doing, the data you are passing to websites, and your usernames and passwords.</p> <p>UNLESS</p> <ul> <li> <p>You are on websites with 'https' ... the little S is for secure. Its like speaking a language that only two people can understand (your computer, and the website).</p> </li> <li> <p>You are using VPN software to encrypt all your wireless communications</p> </li> <li> <p>You are using a wireless device from your cellular phone provider, 3G or 4G network access... This is not WiFi, and is not subject to WiFi Security Policies</p> </li> </ul> <p>Using a VPN client to encrypt and route your wireless communications allows you to create a secure channel for your computer to communicate.<br /> <br /> Even if you are accessing a website without HTTPS, your communication to that website is secured through your VPN connection. If there are any bad guys around you listening in on your wifi traffic, it will be safe.</p> <p>VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is good practice to use a VPN when in a public networking spot such as wifi hot spots. This will create a virtual tunnel for your computer to communicate securely through the public network.</p> <p>Before traveling for work, consult with your IT department about their data security policies when on the road, how to setup your VPN connection (if your company has VPN access), or how to obtain a 3G/4G cellular network card.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:41:19 +0000 opaulson 98 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Cris Marquardt https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-cris-marquardt <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Cris Marquardt</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/cris%20team%20spotlight%20graphic.png?itok=-Amx7WUZ" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Cris Marquardt</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Christine “Cris” Marquardt, Nlets' Business Relationship Manager. She has been with Nlets for 13 years and shared her favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. As the Nlets Business Relationship Manager, I play a key role in developing, growing, and maintaining solid business relationships. The typical day starts with spit shining a six-year-old for school AND singing a multitude of silly made up songs while in the car line. When I arrive back and settle in at the home office (thank you 2020), I drink a gallon of coffee, answer email, listen to voice mail, and prioritize my day. That's where ‘typical’ ends and the fun begins! My role at Nlets is extremely diverse and each day brings with it the blessings of opportunity, knowledge, and a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself. At the conclusion of each workday, I am fortunate enough to pick up a growing six-year old from school. I sit back in the driver’s seat and relive my childhood though his eyes as I listen to a detailed description of why you should not burp in class, how strong ants are, and would I like to buy an ice-cream cone for a boy who kicked the most goals at recess? I am blessed.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What is your favorite part of working at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I love making a difference in this world and saving lives. Why? Because the child who waits at home for mom or dad to come home at the end of a shift deserves to see their hero walk through the door. And every hero deserves the gift of kissing that child goodnight.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I enjoy reading, playing with my dog, and watching the horses frolic in the arena. I would say that my hobby is studying people and my talent is reading them.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I chose to work at Nlets because of the passion previous Executive Director Steve Correll displayed when telling me about Nlets and its community. It was clear during my interview that the he loved what he did, the community he served, and the staff he cared for.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:56:42 +0000 opaulson 97 at https://nlets.org The Untold Story of the First Black Police Officer https://nlets.org/resources/blog/untold-story-first-black-police-officer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Untold Story of the First Black Police Officer</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/website%20graphic_2.png?itok=6XHCXhhq" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The New York Police Department’s First Black Police Officer</strong></p> <p>When we think of notable historical figures who were a part of the Civil Rights Movement, many of us think of people from the 1950's like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, or the Little Rock Nine. While their efforts were notable and they made a significant impact, they were not the first to break racial barriers and promote racial equality, nor will they be the last.</p> <p><strong>Who Was Samuel Jesse Battle?</strong></p> <p>One Black man who is not as well known for his work in promoting racial equality is Samuel Jesse Battle, the first African American cop in the New York City Police Departments’ integrated forces. In the second decade of the twentieth century, he chose to pursue a career in law enforcement, and on March 6th, 1911, became the first sworn Black officer in the NYPD. His journey included suffering a great deal of racism (from even his colleagues), but through continued perseverance and a commitment to both his duty and racial progress, he ultimately gained the respect of the community and the rank of Lieutenant.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Journey to Being Sworn In</strong></p> <p>Born to former slaves Thomas and Annie Battle on January 18, 1883, Samuel started breaking records the day he was born, being the largest baby born in North Carolina at 16 pounds. (He was later nicknamed “Big Sam” for his six-foot three height and weight at some 280 pounds) His interest in law enforcement began when he was a teenager, after he was reprimanded severely when he was caught stealing cash from his supervisor’s safe. His supervisor told him that he would end up in prison within a year’s time, but Battle took this moment to heart, his defiance changing his trajectory, and ultimately pushing him to work towards success.</p> <p> </p> <p>After graduating from high school, Battle moved north to New York City where he took a job as a train porter and started studying for the NYPD civil service exam. He was initially rejected because of his race, (despite the force being technically ‘integrated’) and he quietly fought back. He was ultimately admitted to the training school, and after taking the exam, of 638 applicants, Battle ranked 119th, which qualified him to become a police officer – the first Black man to ever be in the NYPD’s integrated ranks.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>First Days on the Job</strong></p> <p>After being sworn in, he describes the following scene:</p> <p><em>“I went by the Grand Central Terminal, where I had worked as a [porter]… and I went in to see the stationmaster, and all the boys stopped carrying the bags. Things were all tied up for a while to see this first black policeman in Greater New York.”</em></p> <p>He also saw a large crowd of white spectators outside his stationhouse, the 28th Precinct, who seemed to find it hard to believe that a Black man was actually wearing a police uniform. Unfortunately, their disbelief was only the beginning of the racism and discrimination that he would ultimately face.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Facing Discrimination</strong></p> <p>On his first day on the job, Battle was surprised to find that he received the silent treatment from his white fellow police officers. In training school, the other applicants had been kind to him, but now that he was officially sworn in, he was largely ignored and forced to patrol on his own despite being a rookie. He was told to sleep in what was essentially the attic of the police precinct because no one wanted to sleep near him.</p> <p><em>“Sometimes, lying on my cot on the top floor in the silence, I would wonder how it was that many of the patrolmen in my precinct who did not yet speak English well, had no such difficulties in getting on the police force as I, a Negro American, had experienced… All sorts of discouragements had been placed in my path. And now, after a long wait and a lot of stalling, I had finally been given a trial appointment to their ranks and these men would not speak to me.”</em> – Samuel Battle</p> <p>The racism he faced continued for several years, acts ranging from general slights to notes full of racially charged and threatening language (one with a hole in it the size of a bullet). He continued to be kind to the other officers and avoided making trouble because he knew that the double standard he faced meant he had to be twice as good as his white peers if he was going to stay an officer.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>A Change for the Better</strong></p> <p>Things changed for Battle in 1919 when he saved a white officer’s life during a racial skirmish. His heroic actions earned him the respect of his fellow officers and carried him through several promotions in the years that followed. He became the first Black Sergeant in 1926, the first Black Lieutenant in 1935, and ultimately left the force in 1941 when Mayor Fiorello La Guardia named him the first Black member of the New York City Parole Commission. Samuel ultimately retired in 1951 but remained active in community activities in the Harlem area until his death in 1966.</p> <p> </p> <p>Though Samuel Battle is not a household name, his actions left a lasting impact on the law enforcement community in New York City and the United States as a whole. The son of former slaves in the South, Battle broke racial barriers for the Black community against all odds, and ultimately paved the way for many others to follow in his footsteps.</p> <hr /> <p>Sources:</p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/nyregion/the-story-of-new-yorks-first-black-police-officer-told-with-the-help-of-langston-hughes.html">https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/nyregion/the-story-of-new-yorks-first-black-police-officer-told-with-the-help-of-langston-hughes.html</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/samuelbattle">https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/samuelbattle</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.beacon.org/One-Righteous-Man-P1091.aspx">http://www.beacon.org/One-Righteous-Man-P1091.aspx</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/nyregion/recalling-samuel-battle-who-became-first-black-on-nypd.html?auth=login-email&amp;login=email">https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/nyregion/recalling-samuel-battle-who-became-first-black-on-nypd.html?auth=login-email&amp;login=email</a></p> <p><a href="http://journalism.blog.brooklyn.edu/6983-2/">http://journalism.blog.brooklyn.edu/6983-2/</a></p> <p><a href="http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/apr/23/samuel-j-battle-new-york-citys-first-black-man-blu/">http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/apr/23/samuel-j-battle-new-york-citys-first-black-man-blu/</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/harlem-intersection-renamed-nypd-pioneer-samuel-battle-integrated-police-article-1.393943">https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/harlem-intersection-renamed-nypd-pioneer-samuel-battle-integrated-police-article-1.393943</a><br /> <a href="https://www.police1.com/national-law-enforcement-museum/articles/book-details-the-life-of-samuel-battle-the-first-black-police-officer-in-nyc-LvJuB2PJTW06jUUx/">https://www.police1.com/national-law-enforcement-museum/articles/book-details-the-life-of-samuel-battle-the-first-black-police-officer-in-nyc-LvJuB2PJTW06jUUx/</a></p> <p><a href="https://face2faceafrica.com/article/remembering-samuel-jesse-battle-the-first-african-american-nypd-police-officer">https://face2faceafrica.com/article/remembering-samuel-jesse-battle-the-first-african-american-nypd-police-officer</a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/history" hreflang="en">History</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:55:00 +0000 opaulson 96 at https://nlets.org Your Complete Guide to XML https://nlets.org/resources/blog/your-complete-guide-xml <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Your Complete Guide to XML</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/website%20graphic%20tech%20XML%20Standardization_0.png?itok=epwBgZh4" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Kate Silhol</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nlets Representatives have been hearing about XML Standardization since 2014, when the Nlets Board of Directors resolved to sunset the legacy text format, replacing it with standardized XML. Despite hearing about it for years, we know that many in the Nlets community are still unfamiliar with what, exactly, XML Standardization is and why it’s such a big deal.</p> <p> </p> <p>Let’s start at the beginning - What is XML? XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. If you don’t already know what XML is, all you really need to know is that it’s a format in which you can send your data that labels each of the individual pieces of information in “tags” - in a way that computers and programming languages can universally understand. It’s relatively easy for a human to read too, (although if you aren’t a programmer, you’ll never need to).</p> <p> </p> <p>For example, &lt;Animal&gt;Hippopotamus&lt;/Animal&gt; shows the data “Hippopotamus” being labeled as an Animal using XML tags. Easy peasy.</p> <p> </p> <p>The next logical question is – Why? We know what XML is, but why is it helpful and why does the Nlets Board of Directors want all of the states to use it? If we are looking at one set of data in both free-text and XML, the benefit isn’t immediately obvious:</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>Free-text</p> </td> <td> <p>XML</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Doe, John</p> <p>DOB: 01/01/1980</p> <p>Sex: Male</p> <p>OLN: 00123456</p> <p>VALID</p> <p>Restrictions - None</p> </td> <td> <p>&lt;Driver&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;Name&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;FirstName&gt;John&lt;/FirstName&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;LastName&gt;Doe&lt;/LastName&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;/Name&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;BirthDate&gt;01/01/1980&lt;/BirthDate&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;Sex&gt;Male&lt;/Sex&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;License&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;DLNumber&gt;22&lt;/DLNumber &gt;</p> <p>            &lt;Status&gt;Valid&lt;/Status&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;Restrictions&gt;None&lt;/Restrictions&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;/License&gt;</p> <p>&lt;/Driver&gt;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p>The examples above are simple in nature but are still a good representation of the differences between a free-text and XML format. If you read the free-text example on the left, it’s easy to understand. In fact, if you’re just seeing these two in a blog post, it may seem like the XML doesn’t really add much benefit. Let’s look at another set of examples:</p> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>Free-text</p> </td> <td> <p>XML</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>NAME:DOE,JOHN</p> <p>DOB/19800101</p> <p>SEX: M</p> <p>DLN: 00123456</p> <p>STATUS: CLEAR</p> <p>RSTR/</p> </td> <td> <p>&lt;Driver&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;Name&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;FirstName&gt;John&lt;/FirstName&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;LastName&gt;Doe&lt;/LastName&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;/Name&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;BirthDate&gt;01/01/1980&lt;/BirthDate&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;Sex&gt;Male&lt;/Sex&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;License&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;DLNumber&gt;22&lt;/DLNumber &gt;</p> <p>            &lt;Status&gt;Valid&lt;/Status&gt;</p> <p>            &lt;Restrictions&gt;None&lt;/Restrictions&gt;</p> <p>      &lt;/License&gt;</p> <p>&lt;/Driver&gt;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p>This example shows the exact same data as the first example. It’s still not difficult to understand, but the free text is a bit different from the first example. Notice also, that the XML versions are the same as each other.</p> <p> </p> <p>This may be a good place to point out the importance of the discriminator, “standardized”. As you can see in the XML examples above, each piece of information about the driver is in its own XML tag. That is where all of the value of XML Standardization comes in, when it is standardized, everybody is doing it the same way, and so if you want to know the driver’s status, you can ask for the value of the &lt;Status&gt; tag – regardless of the state that sent the driver response.</p> <p> </p> <p>The most important reason for the XML Standardization mandate is the roadside officer. On the roadside, the time it might take them to comb through an unfamiliar format that is full of unfamiliar codes could be significant and costly. Presenting information to the officer in a format that is familiar to them, regardless of the format of the source data, helps them to do their job more efficiently and effectively. Our world and our data have become more complex than they were when Nlets began and there are a myriad of pieces of information that can be misconstrued without a standard format.</p> <p> </p> <p>A common misconception early on in this project was that if your state was sending XML at all, you were done. However, if a state is just wrapping up the plain text response in one giant XML tag, (imagine putting just one XML tag around the whole text response on the left above), then it’s not all that helpful in terms of understandability. So, remember, even if a state started wrapping responses in XML back in 2004, that doesn’t mean it has already completed XML implementation - It could mean that they are a bit closer, though! Likewise, Nlets has now standardized virtually all our response types. Having implemented standardized criminal history and DMV queries is a tremendous start, but would not quite put a state over the finish line for this project.</p> <p> </p> <p>As we previously mentioned, if you’re not a programmer, then you will never need to read XML itself. XML is easily turned into text or other formats with “Stylesheets”. Stylesheets are a critical part of the power of XML and standards and why XML is such a great solution for a community like ours.</p> <p> </p> <p>Nlets provides a stylesheet for each message type that will turn the XML into a more presentable format. While stylesheets are helpful, every state is different and has their own needs. Some use the Nlets-provided stylesheet, but others tailor them it to meet their own needs. If a state wants every other state’s response to look just like their existing in-state response, a stylesheet can do that! If they want to use different labels that their users are more familiar with, a stylesheet can do that! Order data differently, add a caveat or highlight important information? It can do that. Perhaps they want a different format to show up for desktop users and a more concise format for mobile user. That’s possible too!</p> <p> </p> <p>Beyond stylesheets, other programming can add even more functionality: plotting addresses on a map, pre-filling or automatically running follow-up queries, and more. With standardized XML, almost anything that you might want to do to highlight or use a piece of data is possible because it’s very easy for a computer program to find and understand the data.</p> <p> </p> <p>To fully harness the potential of standardized XML, our community needs everybody to start sending it. There is no doubt that this is a big endeavor. And as with any big endeavor, it can feel intimidating to get started. If you know that you need to upgrade your state to standardized XML and are unsure where to start, your first phone call should probably be to your switch owner, whether that is one of our amazing vendors or an in-house team. They can help to guide you on what, if any, work they need to do. If a state is already sending XML, there may not be much work for the switch owner to do. The switch requirements to handle standardized XML are, in general:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Understand and use the XML header information, like ORIs and message key</p> </li> <li> <p>Transport the XML that your repositories create</p> </li> <li> <p>Apply stylesheets to inbound XML to make the data human readable again</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>The most difficult part of preparing to send standardized XML is getting the data out of each of your repositories in a standardized format, since this is where all the variation is between states. The main problem that states face is that most repositories output a text response that’s human readable, which means states need to work with their repository to get them to output a standardized response. To do so, there are several options. The repository can output the Nlets standardized XML (the easiest approach) or they can use some other standardized format that can be converted into the Nlets standardized XML. Some repositories may be easier to work with than you’d expect; they may already have a way to return XML or already be sending XML that is just being transformed into text before the data is sent out to Nlets. In those cases, it is often easier to convert that into the Nlets standardized XML format.</p> <p> </p> <p>There you go – that’s Nlets XML Standardization in a nutshell! If you have any other questions on XML, you can check out our XML FAQ <a href="https://www.nlets.org/NletsXMLFAQ.pdf"><strong>here</strong></a> or email Kate Silhol at <a href="mailto:ksilhol@nlets.org">ksilhol@nlets.org</a>. Remember that our Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) Committee is continuing to prioritize this type of project if you need funding assistance.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:53:02 +0000 opaulson 95 at https://nlets.org Nlets Representative Spotlight: Rob Simpson https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-representative-spotlight-rob-simpson <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Representative Spotlight: Rob Simpson</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/rob%20simpson.png?itok=VYnqs-8F" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Rob Simpson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the fourth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.</p> <p>Today, meet Rob Simpson, a Captain with the Indiana State Police. He has been an Nlets representative for just over two years.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How would you describe your role as an Nlets Representative?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: My role is to represent the State of Indiana and to ensure we are following all protocols recommended by Nlets and to network with my fellow representatives in other states.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What has been the most impactful experience you’ve had working with Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Networking with persons throughout the US.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is one word you would use to describe Nlets and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Essential – Collaboration between states is necessary to ensure we understand the respective directives from each state.  These partnerships provide the most effective network throughout our country, which allows us to provide the best services available to our communities.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:49:58 +0000 opaulson 94 at https://nlets.org Myth vs Fact: Five Common Misconceptions About Nlets https://nlets.org/resources/blog/myth-vs-fact-five-common-misconceptions-about-nlets <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Myth vs Fact: Five Common Misconceptions About Nlets</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/common%20misconceptions%20website%20graphic.png?itok=lgeGrH6t" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Matt Butler</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There are many misconceptions about Nlets floating around the law enforcement community. Our Service Center gets phone calls every day from the criminal justice and public safety community who are not sure what Nlets is or does. Sometimes, they hear from others who believe that we store all data for every law enforcement agency. Actually, that is not accurate at all.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Misconception</strong>: Nlets is a governmental agency. <br /> <strong>Fact</strong>: While we work with the law enforcement community and a variety of governmental agencies, Nlets is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We were formed in the mid 1960’s when representatives from across the country decided to develop a nationwide, interstate communications system. Since then, we have connected all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada along with numerous federal agencies and various associate members for the secure exchange of criminal justice data necessary to complete our law enforcement, justice, and public safety mission.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Misconception</strong>: Nlets is a huge organization. <br /> <strong>Fact</strong>: While we do an enormous amount of work, Nlets is actually a small organization. Nlets has just 40 employees, ranging from administrative to technical staff. The technical staff is comprised of approximately 25 individuals that keep the Nlets system functioning 24/7/365. Despite having a small staff, over three billion transactions went through the Nlets secure network in 2020, and this number continues to climb every year!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Misconception</strong>: Nlets stores the data for every law enforcement agency.<br /> <strong>Fact</strong>: Like previously mentioned, while we were founded by representatives from across the country, our primary purpose is to connect the states, commonwealths, and territories. It is important to note that we do not own data and we are not responsible for the accuracy of the data itself. Simply put, our work allows criminal justice information to be shared amongst relevant communities, but again, we do not own any of the data that is being used in the criminal justice or public safety realm. We exist solely for the purpose of securely accessing and sharing that information.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Misconception</strong>: Nlets exists only to run DMV-related transactions. <br /> <strong>Fact</strong>: While drivers and registration checks are consistently some of our most utilized queries, we provide access for our users to many other data sources as well. You can utilize Nlets run a Concealed Weapons Permit Query, Parole Probation and Corrections Information, Sex Offender Information, and much more. Check out our <a href="https://wiki.nlets.org/" target="_blank">wiki</a> to get an idea of the queries you can run or contact <a href="mailto:training@nlets.org">training@nlets.org</a> for additional information. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Misconception</strong>: Any organization can host their servers at Nlets. <br /> <strong>Fact</strong>: Nlets provides two different types of hosting: Colocation and Virtual. Colocation is defined as having your physical servers run at Nlets’ secure facility, and Virtual hosting is through Nlets’ Nova cloud environment, where you can purchase public or private virtual machines to run your workloads. Due to the security policies that are in place at our facilities, we cannot offer hosting to just any organization that is interested. One of our most stringent requirements is that the organization must have a law enforcement focused mission. If they meet that criteria, they can <a href="https://calendly.com/cris-marquardt">request to meet with our Business Relationship Manager</a> who will walk them through what the rest of the selection and onboarding process entails.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:48:38 +0000 opaulson 93 at https://nlets.org 13 Tips to a Healthier You in 2022 https://nlets.org/resources/blog/13-tips-healthier-you-2022 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">13 Tips to a Healthier You in 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-01/13%20tips%20to%20build%20a%20healthier%20you%20in%202022.png?itok=SzxrfpPT" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As we leave 2021 behind, many of us are trying to determine what we want to accomplish in the next twelve months. While New Year’s Resolutions get a bad reputation for being tough to stick to, we still recommend that you spend some time thinking about how to push yourself to grow this year and then find ways to hold yourself accountable for those goals.</p> <p>If you are not sure where to start, or simply want some inspiration, check out the list of goals that we think are worthwhile for 2022.</p> <p><strong>1. Follow the 80/20 Rule</strong></p> <p>Expecting yourself to follow a healthy lifestyle 100% of the time is unrealistic. That is why we recommend following the 80/20 rule: Follow a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time so you can make up for the 20% you do not. By taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle overall, when you want to skip a few days of working out or enjoy a few extra calories, you can do so without guilt.</p> <p><strong>2. Cut Yourself A Break</strong></p> <p>The holiday season is often filled with a lot of unhealthy eating and less time working out than we would like. In 2022, we challenge you to cut yourself some slack and remember why you chose to take a break. Oftentimes we prioritize relationships over the holidays because they are important to us – and that is a good thing. Now that it is the new year, we encourage you to stop thinking about what took you off track. Instead, refocus on why you made your healthy habits in the first place.</p> <p><strong>3. Make Working Out A Habit</strong></p> <p>The easiest way to stick to a consistent schedule of working out is to make it a habit, not an active decision. Rather than relying on feeling motivated to get you moving (because, realistically, your motivation will ebb and flow – that is human nature), make it something that you do not have to think about. That way, instead of spending energy on convincing yourself to workout, you can rely on your routine to set you up for success.</p> <p><strong>4. Track Your Workouts Monthly, Not Weekly</strong></p> <p>If you are generally pretty good about staying on track for your workout goals, but are occasionally missing a workout or two, consider tracking your workouts monthly, not weekly. That way, if you miss a workout one week, you can avoid the guilt and just make it up later. This will ultimately lead to you feeling more successful and you will likely get more workouts in than if you had just given up.</p> <p><strong>5. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene</strong></p> <p>It is easy to say that we should get eight hours of sleep per night, but making it happen is not always so simple. However, studies from the National Center for Biotechnology Information show that being sleep deprived can affect your decision-making processes, which results in impulsive behaviors that can be dangerous on the job. It can lead to depression, lower testosterone, weight gain, forgetfulness, and heart disease<a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" id="_ftnref1">[1]</a>. This year start your practice of good sleep hygiene by going to sleep at the same time every night.</p> <p><strong>6. Always Take the Stairs</strong></p> <p>One simple step towards improving your health is to commit to always taking the stairs. It will only add a few minutes to your day, but over time, that adds up to be a lot. But taking the stairs is more than just being physically healthier, it is about becoming a more driven, disciplined person by seeking out challenges. Every time you pick the stairs over an easier route, you are choosing self-improvement.</p> <p><strong>7. Prioritize Continued Education</strong></p> <p>Whether you have been in your job for a few months or a few decades, staying up-to-date on the newest industry training is essential. Whether it is attending a webinar or online training or attending an in-person conference when it is safe to do so, you can find opportunities for continued education in 2022 in <a href="https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/EksVjTB">each edition of the Nlets newsletter.</a></p> <p><strong>8. Combat the Stigma of Mental Health</strong></p> <p>When you are experiencing stress beyond ordinary levels or you feel like you need an additional support system, take the first step and speak to a professional. It can be scary to get started, but there is no shame in caring for your mental health. In fact, data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration<a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" id="_ftnref2">[2]</a> shows that nearly one in five US adults deal with some form of mental health issue, so it is quite normal. This year, if you notice your mental health is impacting your daily life, we encourage you to support yourself by finding someone who can help. Do not wait until it becomes a crisis – seek help early and often.</p> <p><strong>9. Help Others Connect with Mental Health Treatment</strong></p> <p>Whether it is your significant other, a coworker, or someone at home, take note of high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other signs that help is needed. Then, do everything you can to connect that person to treatment services that can help. Taking the first step is often scary, so we encourage you to act when you see someone in need.</p> <p><strong>10. Get or Become a Mentor</strong></p> <p>This year we challenge you to consider who are the current role models in your life and to consider becoming one for someone else. If you are new to your job, find someone who can teach you what they have learned from the job. If you have knowledge to share, make a point of teaching someone else – it could make a big difference to someone.</p> <p><strong>11. Start Listening to Understand</strong></p> <p>We all love to be heard by others, but how often do we take the time to listen to someone else without thinking of what we will say next? In 2022, start practicing active listening, where you devote your undivided attention to truly hearing the person talking to you. When you listen to understand instead of listening to speak, your relationships will improve as people learn you truly care about what they have to say.</p> <p><strong>12. Learn the Benefits of Gratitude</strong></p> <p>Take time every day to think about the things you are grateful for. A study from Harvard Medical School<a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftn3" name="_ftnref3" id="_ftnref3">[3]</a> shows that gratitude lowers our stress levels, enhances our relationships, and improves sleep. It is important to practice it daily: like a muscle, it needs to be worked out regularly. The benefit? The more aware you are of the positive things in your life, the more likely it is that additional good will return to you because you are already looking for it.</p> <p><strong>13. Keep Your Goals Small</strong></p> <p>You are more likely to stick to any of these goals if you only select a few that speak to you. It is easy to get caught up in feeling ambitious at the beginning of each year about wanting to change your life, but we recommend choosing a few goals that you care about so you can stay more focused. In 2022, there is no need to make a sweeping life change – spend time on the things that matter most to you.</p> <p>Do you have some other ideas? Share them with us in the comments below.</p> <hr /> <p><a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" id="_ftn1">[1]</a> <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955336/">https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955336/</a></p> <p><a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" id="_ftn2">[2]</a> <a href="https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml">https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml</a></p> <p><a href="https://nletsorgusa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/opaulson_nlets_org/Documents/Blog/2021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021/Healthy%20Habits%20for%202021%20v2.docx#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" id="_ftn3">[3]</a> https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:47:11 +0000 opaulson 92 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Teri Harsin https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-teri-harsin <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Teri Harsin</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/Teri%20Team%20Spotlight%20Graphic.png?itok=_Et15d3p" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Teri Harsin</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Teri M. Harsin, Nlets' Training and Development Manager. She has been with Nlets for 8 years and shared what brought her to Nlets (and so much more).</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I oversee the Nlets Training Department, which recently has grown to include multimedia and social media responsibilities. I am fortunate to have a very talented team member, Olivia Paulson, who has done a phenomenal job of growing those areas of the training department. A better part of my time is spent developing and delivering Nlets training to state, national, and international organizations. My department is currently developing N-Cert, a new Nlets Certification Program, that aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of the services Nlets provides to its member agencies and ultimately to the local agency users. We are very excited about rolling out this new program so stay tuned for updates throughout 2021!</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How did you first learn about Nlets and why did you choose to work here?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I first learned about Nlets when I was working as a Senior Trainer and Auditor at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). It just so happened that about the time my husband and I were house shopping in Arizona, my supervisor at the BCA told me that Nlets had a job posting for a training manager position. He encouraged me to apply because he knew we were wanting to relocate to Arizona. After talking with my husband about it, I decided to apply not really expecting anything to come from it since it was nationwide job posting. The rest, I guess, is history because here I am!</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What motivates you to get up and go to work every day?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I am 100% motivated to get up and go to work each day because of the mission and vision of Nlets. I am passionate about telling people about Nlets and I am always looking for opportunities for Nlets to increase the services we offer our membership. Information sharing leads to officer safety. Information sharing is what we do, and we do it exceptionally well. Knowing we are providing a service that helps officers stay safe is all the motivation I need. I also really enjoy working with people that share the same passion for ensuring we are doing everything we can to keep our officers safe.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: If you could choose one, what superpower would you choose? </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: If I had to choose one superpower to possess, it would be the power to be in more than one place at a time. There is so much that needs to be done and so many great organizations that would benefit from having more training on Nlets. I would love to be able to attend/present at each state user conference each year while also attending/presenting at all the national and international conferences that are held each year. Unfortunately, I must decline requests for training every year because I am already committed to another event. If I had the superpower to be in more than one place at a time, I would never have to decline another training request!</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:46:04 +0000 opaulson 91 at https://nlets.org Security Tip - Hovering Over Links https://nlets.org/resources/blog/security-tip-hovering-over-links <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Security Tip - Hovering Over Links</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/hover%20over%20links.png?itok=ZVqclKgH" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KnowBe4</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This content was provided by <a href="http://knowbe4%20security%20tips%20-%20malvertising/">KnowBe4</a></em></p> <p><strong>How can you tell if an email is safe?</strong> Even if you catch red flags in an email, such as typos or poor grammar, an urgent demeanor, or even a spoofed domain, how can you truly decipher the safety of an email?<br /> <br /> An immediate step you can take is to watch out for one of the most critical tell-tale signs of a phishing email—a mismatched or fake URL.<br /> <br /> <strong>Why is hovering important? What can it do for you?</strong><br /> Hovering not only allows you a moment to think before proceeding, it allows you the opportunity to see where a link is going to redirect you. This is especially important because not all links lead to where they appear, or insinuate they'll go.<br /> <br /> <strong>When you hover, check for the following to ensure you're staying safe and secure:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>If the email appears to be coming from a company, does the hover link match the website of the sender?</p> </li> <li> <p>Does link have a misspelling of a well-known website (Such as Micorsoft.com)?</p> </li> <li> <p>Does the link redirect to a suspicious external domain appearing to look like the sender’s domain(i.e., micorsoft-support.com rather than microsoft.com)?</p> </li> <li> <p>Does the hover link show a URL that does not match where the context of the email claims it will take you?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you recognize the link’s address or did you even expect to receive the link?</p> </li> <li> <p>Did you receive a blank email with long hyperlinks and no further information or context?</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> If you notice anything about the email that alarms you, do not click links, open attachments, or even reply. If everything seems okay, but you're still not sure–verify! Ask your IT team or leadership if the email is legitimate before proceeding.<br /> <br /> Remember, you are the last line of defense to prevent cyber criminals from succeeding and making you or your company susceptible to an attack.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Stop Look Think</strong> - Don't be fooled</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:44:29 +0000 opaulson 90 at https://nlets.org STOP WASTING TIME: Why You Need To Use Nlets' Multi-State Query Functionality Today https://nlets.org/resources/blog/stop-wasting-time-why-you-need-use-nlets-multi-state-query-functionality-today <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">STOP WASTING TIME: Why You Need To Use Nlets&#039; Multi-State Query Functionality Today</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/december%20blog%20rectangle%20bold%20text.png?itok=KR7r4qqF" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Randy DeForest</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of Nlets’ core visions is to provide our members and partners the most efficient access possible to the data they need.  One of the ways we do this is through value-added services such as our Multi-State Query service.</p> <p>The Multi-State Query Functionality (MSQ) supports some of the high-volume messages such as Drivers Query (DQ), Registration Query (RQ), and Criminal History Index Inquiry (IQ).  The MSQ service also supports some specialty queries such as State Warrant Query (SWQ), Sex Offender Registration Query (SOQ), and the Wildlife Violation and License File Query (WLQ).</p> <p>The MSQ was developed to help users by reducing the amount of time needed to complete their queries one at a time and then curating and consolidating the responses.</p> <p> </p> <p>The MSQ service does a lot of the heavy lifting by consolidating responses before returning the results to the requestor.  When one of the above messages are sent to Nlets (NL) instead of directly to a state, the MSQ service sends copies of that message to each of the participating states.  When the responses to the queries come in, they are routed back to the MSQ service. The service waits for up to 60 seconds, and then the received responses are consolidated into a single response to be delivered to the requesting agency.</p> <p>An additional benefit of the MSQ is that when the messages are forwarded to the states on behalf of the requestor, the service will only send the messages to participating states.  For example, DQ, RQ, and IQ messages are supported by all states but the SOQ, SWQ, and WLQ are only supported by specific states.  By using this service, users can query this less common data without having to research which states participate – or sift through status messages from those that don’t.</p> <p> </p> <p>To provide a more detailed illustration of the service, let’s follow the process from end to end via an example.</p> <p> </p> <p>Arizona wants to find out if a driver has records in other states. They send a DQ to NL for John Smith.</p> <p>Nlets receives the message and routes it to the MSQ service.  The message is duplicated and sent to each participating state using a unique control field that will identify it as a message from the MSQ service. Each queried state responds to the query with a Driver License Response (DR).  These responses are routed back to the MSQ service based on the control field.  When received by the MSQ service, the messages are parsed and logged in preparation for the consolidated response.</p> <p>The service will wait for 60 seconds for all responses.  After the 60 seconds, each of the responses is processed.  If the response contains information pertaining to the subject, it will be added to the response. If the response is “Not on File” the response is not included in the consolidation; rather, a list of queried states, states that did not respond, and “Not on File” responses are noted in the header of the consolidated response. When the consolidated response is returned to the requesting agency, the control field is restored and will reflect the original control field content.</p> <p> </p> <p>If a response is received after the 60 seconds, the response is noted in the database and the message is forwarded to the requestor directly as an individual response.  When the late response is sent to the requestor, the original control field is restored to the outgoing message to allow the requestor to properly process the response.</p> <p> </p> <p>As this example illustrates, the Multi-State query does as much work as possible to provide an accurate consolidated response to the requesting agency.</p> <p>Nlets will continue to add message keys as the need arises.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:42:42 +0000 opaulson 89 at https://nlets.org Security Tip - Malvertising https://nlets.org/resources/blog/security-tip-malvertising <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Security Tip - Malvertising</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/malvertising.png?itok=S9m6P9Ql" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Knowbe4</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This content was provided by <a href="http://knowbe4%20security%20tips%20-%20malvertising/">KnowBe4</a></em></p> <p>Visit any website these days and it’s very likely that you will be viewing ads as well.  Sometimes these ads can be tempting, with many offering sales, promotions, or freebies to attract more clicks. Ads on certain websites can even be targeted specifically to you based on past browsing history, making you even more likely to click! <br /> <br /> <strong><em>Remember this: </em></strong>just because you are on a reputable, well-known website, it does not mean that the ads on the website are safe to click as well.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>How adspace can become infected: </em></strong>Advertisers do not sell their ads to websites one at a time. Websites that want to make money sell their advertising space to an ad network. Advertisers sign contracts with that ad network which then displays the ads on the participating websites. The ad network sits in the middle between the advertisers and the websites and manages the traffic and the payments.<br /> <br /> Cybercriminals can take advantage of this system by fooling the ad networks into thinking they are a legit advertiser, but the ads which are displayed on major websites can be poisoned. If you browse to a page with a poisoned ad on it, that is enough to run the risk your PC will be encrypted with ransomware, which can hold your computer or your entire network hostage until you pay the cybercriminal a ransom.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Tips to prevent the effect of harmful ads:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Disable Adobe Flash on your computer - or at least set the Adobe Flash plug-in to "click-to-play" mode - which can block the automatic infections.</p> </li> <li> <p>Keep up-to-date with all the security patches and install them as soon as they come out.</p> </li> <li> <p>Download and install a reputable ad blocker plug-in for your browser. These prevent the ads from being displayed in your browser to start with. These ad blockers are getting very popular with hundreds of millions of people using them.  </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stop Look Think</strong> - Don't be fooled</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:40:52 +0000 opaulson 88 at https://nlets.org Why Successful Companies Partner With Nlets and How It's Done https://nlets.org/resources/blog/why-successful-companies-partner-nlets-and-how-its-done <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Successful Companies Partner With Nlets and How It&#039;s Done</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/website%20graphic_0.png?itok=adnK6UMO" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Cris Marquardt</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have downsized and outsourced, the processes for police officers on the street have become more and more specialized, enabling faster, more effective transmission of crucial information. To support this effort, Nlets has selected a few for-profit companies in the justice field to partner with to promote the benefit of the community.</p> <p>These strategic partners give Nlets the opportunity to deliver better products and improved services to our members: the men and women in law enforcement.</p> <p>Nlets is proud to have created strong public/private partnerships with organizations that support law enforcement and first responders. Strategic partnerships support our core business by serving the needs of our members, and they allow qualified companies to securely and appropriately use the national and international reach of Nlets, for the benefit of the justice community.</p> <p>The selection process, which determines which companies can partner with Nlets, is rather straightforward. We look for companies that serve the justice and public safety enterprise by offering services that the Nlets community requires to accomplish its mission, such as:</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Traffic Enforcement/Commercial Vehicle </strong>Speed, RLC, School Zone/Bus Stop Arm, Commercial Vehicle, Toll Violation</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Message Switch System </strong>With interfaces such as; Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV), Computerized Criminal History (CCH), Department of Corrections (DOC), Sex Offender Registry (SOR), and more!  </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>CAD &amp; RMS </strong>911, Dispatch, Records, Mobile, Jail, Courts</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Regional Property Information Database  </strong>Pawn, Secondhand, Scrap metal</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Critical Infrastructure &amp; Military Installation </strong>Identity Management, Credentialing, Vetting/Background Check</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Officer Handheld Device </strong>Terminal software with wireless access to NCIC, Nlets, and/or state data</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>VIN, Impound, Lien Holder Data, OCRA </strong>(Mexican stolen vehicle)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>LoJack </strong>stolen vehicle recovery system</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>ASAP to PSAP, </strong>Automated Secure Alarm Protocol to Public Safety Answering Points</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>Over 50% of Nlets Strategic Partners host within Nlets’ CJIS-audited and compliant facility. Hosting with Nlets enables these partners to not only utilize Nlets’ cutting edge facility and/or cloud platform, but also allows them direct access to the Nlets message switch and trusted network, a unique offering available only through Nlets.</p> <p> </p> <p>A recent survey showed that companies partner with Nlets for many reasons:</p> <ul> <li> <p>State/local comfort level with Nlets</p> </li> <li> <p>Network and system reliability</p> </li> <li> <p>Trusted environment of Nlets</p> </li> <li> <p>Nlets is audited by CJIS</p> </li> <li> <p>Exceptional 24/7 support by the Nlets Service Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Time and resource efficiencies</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>The steps to become a Strategic Partner consist of a complex vetting process developed to ensure that each new partner will assist us in broadening the range and quality of products and services available to our members.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Nlets Board of Directors reviews requests for Nlets Strategic Partnership at each spring and fall Board meeting.  If a request for partnership is a new concept, it is the responsibility of the Technical Operations Committee (TOC) to review and approve the technical concept. A pilot may be requested prior to the TOC granting approval for the potential partner to go before the Nlets Board of Directors.</p> <p> </p> <p>So, how do potential strategic partners get in front of the Board of Directors?</p> <p> </p> <p>It begins with outreach and discovery. We take steps to learn about their company, technology, and business use case. In turn, we tell them about our technology, security, and explain the governance requirements of working with Nlets.</p> <p> </p> <p>On the financial front, our team is busy reviewing and validating their audited financials, three to five year projection, business references, and agency sponsorship. This is necessary to determine the financial liquidity, stability, reputation, pending legal action if any, and overall suitability of the company for Strategic Partnership.</p> <p> </p> <p>During this courtship, we work behind the scenes to prepare documentation required for the partnership portfolio that we present to the Nlets Board in advance of their prospective partnership presentation.</p> <p> </p> <p>Each prospective partner is provided a 15-30 minute time slot on the Board agenda: They will introduce their company, explain the impetus for seeking partnership, and discuss how partnership will benefit the community.</p> <p> </p> <p>Once Board/Committee approval has been granted, the Nlets PMO Manager schedules a project kick-off call and the real process begins!</p> <p> </p> <p>Nlets Security Services first performs a series of security assessments and works with the prospective partner’s team to ensure they pass all aspects of the Nlets audit prior to connecting to the Nlets trusted network.</p> <p> </p> <p>Then, Nlets orders the circuit and hardware needed for connection, unless they are hosted at Nlets and directly connected. If the new partner company is not hosted at Nlets, they will coordinate installation and provide Nlets with system (web service) IP addresses. Once the equipment is in place, the Nlets Security team performs a thorough audit of the new partner connection and upon successful audit, they are approved to connect and utilize the Nlets network!  </p> <p> </p> <p>How long does it take? It varies. There is no cookie cutter timeline when working within the parameters of policy and technical architecture. What we do know is that our nimble and proficient team has expansive experience in the onboarding process, and they are ready to get started.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Strategic Partner program is just one component of the Nlets Corporate Strategic Plan and is one of our top priorities for the company!  To learn more about the Strategic Partner Program – visit www.nlets.org.<br />  </p> <p>Have questions about the Strategic Partner program or know of a company you think might be a good fit? <a href="https://calendly.com/cris-marquardt/nlets-partner-program-">Set up a time to talk</a> with Cris Marquardt, Nlets Business Relationship Manager.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/industry" hreflang="en">Industry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:39:10 +0000 opaulson 87 at https://nlets.org 10 Things You Didn't Know About Nlets https://nlets.org/resources/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-nlets <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">10 Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Nlets</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/website%20graphic.png?itok=s6TwCuMJ" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bonnie Locke</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>1) Nlets is Not Part of the Government or a For-Profit Company</strong></p> <p>Nlets, created over 50 years ago is a self-funded, private, not-for-profit corporation governed solely by the 54 lead law enforcement agencies that make up our principal membership, which includes the United States and its territories, all federal agencies with a justice component, a few associate members, and a variety of strategic partners that serve the law enforcement community.</p> <p><strong>2) We Are Incredibly Reliable</strong></p> <p>The current network average uptime is 99.987% and response is 71.25ms seconds round trip. The current system average uptime is 99.995% and response is 1.46 seconds round trip.  The top message keys that are exchanged are RQ, DQ, IPQ, CR and IQ. These averages have been consistent, showing Nlets’ reliability over the years.</p> <p><strong>3) Nova is Nlets’ Cloud Hosting Platform</strong></p> <p>Nlets offers cloud hosting that is both Nlets and CJIS Security Policy compliant.  The platform, called Nova, is secure, reliable, and built solely for the justice and public safety community.  Nova is a completely customizable, virtualized environment eliminating many of the hassles of today’s traditional hosting options. With leading technology and unparalleled customer support, Nova stands toe-to-toe with leading industry providers while catering directly to those who support officers on the street. It is ideal for all environments, whether that is primary technology, Disaster Recovery sites, or test environments.</p> <p><strong>4) There Are Over 100 Data Sources Available to Query Through Nlets</strong></p> <p>Nlets connects over a million users, 800,000 devices and 45,000 agencies, making over 100 data sources available for them to query and share. Some of those resources include Driver/Vehicle Registrations, Criminal Histories, Interpol Wanted Persons, State Warrants, Sex Offender Information, Concealed Weapons Permit Information and so many more. Nlets is continually working with our community to identify and deploy new information resources to help keep our citizens and officers safe.</p> <p><strong>5) Our Strategic Partners Make a Difference</strong></p> <p>Nlets is proud to have created strong public/private partnerships with organizations that support law enforcement and first responders. Currently, we partner with 33 companies to better support law enforcement and first responders. These partnerships support our core business by serving the needs of our members and allow qualified organizations to securely and appropriately utilize the national and international reach of Nlets for the benefit of the justice community.</p> <p><strong>6) Nlets Enables the Sharing of Images</strong></p> <p>We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but many people don’t know that Nlets enables the sharing of millions of images. Some of the most common are driver and correction photos with usage that is constantly expanding. For those states who don’t support the sharing of images directly, we also provide access to those images over the Internet with a secure link and password. Having access to the right image often helps tremendously when trying to find a missing child, locate a suspect, or solve a case.</p> <p><strong>7) We Keep a Log of Message Traffic</strong></p> <p>There is a treasure trove of archived data for any query done on the network that can be used for investigations with appropriate authorization. It’s called RAND – Random Access to Nlets Data. Nlets manages a log of message traffic that travels through our network. RAND functionality provides authorized users with access to this traffic log. For more information, contact <a href="mailto:servicedesk@nlets.org">servicedesk@nlets.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>8) You Can Read More About Us on Our WIKI</strong></p> <p>Anyone who has ever used a wiki knows that they are a great tool that allows an organization to manage content easily. Something that many people do not know is that Nlets has its own WIKI.  It has very detailed information about everything you need to know about Nlets – soup to nuts. Access the Nlets wiki at <a href="http://www.wiki.nlets.org/">www.wiki.nlets.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>9) Our Leadership is Involved Across the Nation</strong></p> <p>Leadership at Nlets is actively involved on a national level with numerous organizations such as FirstNet, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriffs Association (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and many others.  Their work helps drive policy, standards, security, and numerous other initiatives for our industry.  Our network will continue to grow as Nlets reaches into every corner of the globe as we include more international work.</p> <p><strong>10) Nlets Gives Back to the Community</strong></p> <p>Nlets is focused on supporting the community in more ways than just one. For example, Nlets has a Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) that provides financial support to its membership to implement services that benefit the greater community. It also provides funding for annual training for our State Auditors and Trainers. Additionally, we also contribute to every family that has lost a loved one in the line of duty. All these efforts are part of the Nlets Strategic Plan to give back to the Nlets community. </p> <p>Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Contact <a href="mailto:training@nlets.org">training@nlets.org</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:37:36 +0000 opaulson 86 at https://nlets.org Cloud 101 https://nlets.org/resources/blog/cloud-101 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cloud 101</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/cloud%20101.png?itok=aLKrAHuJ" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tony Abate</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Cloud 101</strong></p> <p>Let’s face it: The world of technology loves buzzwords, but terms like ethernet, hypervisor host, and Redundant Array of Independent Disks just don’t quite roll off the tongue. Call it IEEE 802.11? No, let’s call it WiFi! Cryptographic dispersed continuous database? That’s a Blockchain! Interconnected nodes hosting and consuming services? Cloud!</p> <p>That last one is especially interesting considering how vague it is. The early version of what constituted a cloud was simple: It’s a network with devices. It is the norm to use a cloud image to denote a separate network in technical diagrams. Your home is a cloud if it has devices connected to each other. The internet is a cloud. There’s a cloud in every McDonald’s. If we take the tech aspect out of it you, and every person you’re connected to, form a cloud, and every person they’re connected to extends that cloud. The whole planet is a cloud.</p> <p>Before we form a drum circle around that last bit, let’s examine what a cloud means in modern tech parlance today. Companies, including Nlets, have introduced services that allow customers to host their workloads within that company’s infrastructure. In the simplest of terms, that is a cloud service and those companies are cloud providers. So, what does this mean to you? It means you have a way to run and/or expand your technology infrastructure into a space where there’s less cost and human resource overhead. Too good to be true? Almost, so let’s get into the ins and outs of cloud hosting.</p> <p>When cloud services first started taking off it was like a gold rush, everyone wanted to get in on it and started moving in droves. Over time they found that maybe it was more complicated than initially thought and that cloud doesn’t always mean cheaper. Since then there’s been a new push to the hybrid cloud. Some infrastructure remains on-premise while other pieces go to the cloud where it makes sense. That has helped balance the cost in favor of the customer. However, the cloud has become complex for the customer as well. New services and features, entirely new paradigms on how to accomplish technology goals have been introduced to the point where specialized training and skills are now required. The human resource overhead can easily disfavor the customer as more services are used.</p> <p>It would be easy to dismiss a cloud solution but the advantages are there. Deployment time for new systems and services is quicker, maintenance tasks for the environment are lowered, the ability to quickly add resources is increased dramatically, having highly available systems and services is far easier, and cost management can be simplified as well. At the end of the day, especially in the law enforcement community, the goal is to be a more effective organization that can focus on their core mission and not on their technology infrastructure. That’s where the cloud becomes a golden opportunity. Placing some of your servers, websites, and services in the cloud allows you to be cost-effective and organization-effective all in one. Done right, there’s minimal additional human resource capital needed as well.</p> <p>Even with those advantages, there are many things to consider and security is usually at the top of everyone’s mind. I’ve gone over the <a href="https://nlets.org/our-impact/news/0ea8ac65-d123-11ea-96bb-00155d003202">Nova Trust Model</a> before. Nova, the <a href="https://www.nletscloud.org/">Nlets Secure Cloud Platform</a>, uses this model to guide an organization through the security considerations of cloud hosting. Security is critical, but for the sake of this post I’ll only be discussing how to leverage the cloud for your infrastructure.</p> <p>A hybrid approach offers the most effective means to make cloud hosting work for you, but how do you identify what stays on-premise and what goes in the cloud?</p> <p>Working with your tech staff and vendor partners, determine what systems and services should be classified as. It may be different depending on the organization but here’s a basic guideline for classifying your infrastructure.</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Informational:</strong> This could be websites, blog platforms, anything that is available to the public but decoupled from internal resources. These are great candidates for cloud hosting as they simplify deployment and maintenance, reducing cost and human resources.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Operational:</strong> File servers, intranet sites, accounting systems, these are services that serve an internal use function but do not necessarily tie into the core mission. There are several cloud hosting opportunities to take here and it can reduce systems and storage cost, not to mention licensing fees, to do so.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Communications:</strong> Your primary telephony, email, chat, and meeting services can all be moved to cloud hosting services which can greatly balance the human resource requirement for other services while lowering costs.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Core/Critical:</strong> These are the systems that power your organization. CAD systems, message switches, databases, and other systems that are highly sensitive and must be fully reliable. This is where security considerations as well as operational control must be carefully thought out. While there are opportunities for cloud hosting here, this is very much a case by case basis.</p> </li> </ul> <p>It’s also important to remember that even if a cloud service does support what you need it to, it may still not fit within your operational flow. Disruption can be good when it leads to a more effective solution, but it usually does not happen without some level of transition pain. Also, depending on what service you consider moving, you will need to make sure that any upstream and downstream providers and consumers can work with a solution hosted in the cloud. The complexities of connected services and organizations can be daunting, and even more so when you add in cloud hosting, but the advantages can overcome the task and those connections can now be strengthened. After all, this community is a cloud.</p> <p><strong>Learn more about Nlets' cloud solution <a href="http://calendly.com/schedule-time-with-nlets">here.</a></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/cloud" hreflang="en">Cloud</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:35:42 +0000 opaulson 85 at https://nlets.org Components of a Trust Framework https://nlets.org/resources/blog/components-trust-framework <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Components of a Trust Framework</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/blog%20header%20Bill%20September.png?itok=glegd4F_" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bill Phillips</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Throughout human history, bricks have been the medium of choice to construct lasting structures. From ancient burial sites, to roads, to grain silos, to modern architectural masterpieces, these material units have been placed together to create something that serves a purpose.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Architect Magazine observes, “Early brick units were often composed of clay, or composite mudbricks with straw as a binder, until technological advancements facilitated methods for fired bricks baked in kilns. However, it was the transition from hand-molding to the mechanized mass production of the components during the Industrial Revolution that led to the explosion of brick as a modern building material” (Jackson, 2018).  </p> <p> </p> <p>A parallel may be derived between this long-established medium for building and the current efforts to decompose the existing structures of trust into discreet units (bricks) that are required to share criminal justice information. Just as the mechanized mass production of these units of construction impacted their use and acceptance, the ability to define and electronically share elements of trust will propel justice information sharing.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Currently, Nlets and its membership rely on each participating agency to ensure that their users, requiring access to justice information to perform their duties, are properly authorized. Nlets, its Principal Member Agencies (MA), and the agencies that they connect all rely on one another to enable justice and public safety information sharing. This interdependence and inter-member trust have both been established over the last 50+ years through the development of common standards and a shared governance model.  </p> <p> </p> <p>The standards, protocols, and trust built over the past 50+ years have been established by a common mission and created on a foundation of systems contained within distinct network perimeters connecting one to the other over private networks. Recent technology progression has been marked by dissolving perimeters, increasing the need for standards that will allow stakeholders to properly authorize access to the data resources they own. To provide for efficient operations and minimize risk, MAs must be able to monitor and control access to the data that they have been entrusted to steward. Additionally, MAs must be able to trust in the identity and assertions provided by other trusted MAs for data access.  </p> <p> </p> <p>The need for a means to decompose access requirements and deliver new controls continues to increase as more MAs develop and deploy workloads to government clouds and more officers, agency staff, and contractors connect from non-traditional devices. As MAs move their CJIS systems to new architectures, opportunities to enable greater and more robust information sharing and identity interoperability may be realized. The need for stakeholders to develop new standards to properly authorize access to the data resources within their area of authority is one of the key components to enabling improved information sharing.  </p> <p> </p> <p>The existing common security standards and common communications protocols provide a level of assurance to each MA that the information they expose will be consumed and treated appropriately by other member agencies. These commonalities also serve to enable a MA to query another Nlets connected member’s resources. These common standards and protocols provide each participant with the rules and procedures to be followed by each MA. Each MA acts as a gate keeper, determining what they will expose to other MAs, as well as what external resources they will provide to the users and agencies that the MA represents.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Currently, all inter-member queries and responses leverage a hierarchical mnemonic know as an Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number. ORI’s are used to identify, authenticate, authorize, route, and log access to data within and between member agencies. Over the past decade a significant body of work has been accomplished to enable MAs to explicitly represent what trust elements they require to enable justice information sharing. This body of work may be leveraged by the community to decompose the existing aggregate of trust into its component elements. These elements may be leveraged by data owners as requirements for access. </p> <hr /> <p>Jackson, M. (2018, March 1). The Building Blocks: A Brief History of Brick. THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS. https://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/the-building-blocks-a-brief-history-of-brick_o </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:33:35 +0000 opaulson 84 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Graham Banker https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-graham-banker <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Graham Banker</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/graham%20banker.png?itok=haQIl5M9" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Graham Banker</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, we want you to meet Graham Banker, Operations Service Analyst II. He has been with Nlets for 16 years and shared with us what Nlets has taught him (and so much more).</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are your major responsibilities?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I monitor the system and network of states and federal agencies to ensure everything is working properly. I also help other departments when needed. Something unique about my role, is I interact with other departments and do so much problem solving that I need to know a little bit about everything.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How did you first hear about Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I was in a programming class with John Lawson (former Nlets Operations Supervisor) and he told me that Nlets was looking for someone to work the help desk. The rest is history!</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What has kept you working at Nlets for 16 years?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I truly believe in the mission of Nlets and how we are able to help out the states and officers on the street. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What has working at Nlets taught you?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Nlets has taught me how to deal with a lot of issues at once. It has also allowed me to learn many different parts of IT, from networking to systems and also some programming.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What is your favorite part about working at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Definitely the ability to talk to so many people from different places of the country and world.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What's something on your bucket list?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I dont really have a bucket list, but I guess maybe traveling to Japan. </p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:32:15 +0000 opaulson 83 at https://nlets.org Law Enforcement Policy Management Will Require a Digital Overhaul: An Analysis of Current Trends and Demands https://nlets.org/resources/blog/law-enforcement-policy-management-will-require-digital-overhaul-analysis-current <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Law Enforcement Policy Management Will Require a Digital Overhaul: An Analysis of Current Trends and Demands</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Eric Zidenberg, Danny Jensen</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>New Cloud Based Compliance Monitoring Systems Emerge To Solve Growing Data And Regulatory Demands While Meeting Budget Constraints</strong></p> <p>The new social and health events of 2020 have initiated a significant change in law enforcement management and regulation. Major reforms are on the horizon and this is leading us into unchartered territories. This is happening across all agencies regardless of the size, location, population diversity or jurisdiction. What we do know, as change begins to take shape, is it will require our officers in blue to adapt quickly. Agencies will need to review and update their policies as well as identify areas for adjustment. Compliance monitoring will also need to be assessed and overhauled to ensure all agencies and officers are meeting the required mandates. This will not only require changes for the physical aspects of law enforcement but will demand technological adaptations to track these modifications. As budgets shift, technological transformations will be the quickest solution to demonstrate and implement changes to react to these new reforms.  Technology shifts can also result in the most cost effective changes producing immediate results.</p> <p>More than ever, agencies will need the capacity to share documentation between each other. Chiefs need the ability to easily and securely communicate among themselves to discuss, adapt, share, and collaborate on new policies. Agencies will also need to share best practices to guarantee full compliance with upcoming reforms.<br />  </p> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/Chorus_Blog_Images/image1.jpg" /></p> <p><br /> To achieve this, agencies must have a robust policy management system to effectively manage, update, share and document mandatory reforms.</p> <p>The distribution of these reforms should incorporate a method to create and store these policies while easily maintaining updated versions of each form.</p> <p>Also, being able to disseminate and show proof of receipt will be of the utmost importance.  </p> <p>For administrators of policy management systems, they require a straightforward way to upload policies as well as modern tools to update them, ensuring a seamless and error-free approach.  The ability to send uninterrupted notifications is also important. All users can then receive updates and, when tracking non-compliance, reminders can be sent for users to review.<br />  </p> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/Chorus_Blog_Images/image2.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>The quicker an officer can find a policy, retrieve it, and review it, the less time is spent away from their policing.  A search feature will be necessary so an officer can find specific keywords as well as see a full list of new and outstanding policies along with a list of policies they have yet to read.</p> <p>This flexible software needs to allow officers to retrieve these policies from any location and via any device.  This will help officers be more effective and removes time consuming distractions.</p> <p>A good policy management system will also allow departments to notify personnel of new policies as they are released and track who has and who has not read the latest updates. This should be tracked in a robust audit log that displays status changes of the policies, version control of the policies, who has read them, when they were read, which personnel are not compliant and when reminders were sent for those not in compliance.</p> <p>Finally, the best policy management systems should be available both as a cloud deployment such as over Nlets which would provide a secure open access environment for an agency, as well as an on-premise hosted environment. Both environments should provide complete control to the agency and allow streamlined management and compliance for all their policies.</p> <p>With large adjustments incoming for law enforcement, the most important mindset to have will be adaptability. Having a flexible, secure, and streamlined interagency solution for managing new policies and reforms, will be of the utmost importance in 2020 and into the immediate future. A modern policy management system will be required to remove communication barriers between departments, reduce time constraints on officers and agencies, and ultimately streamline investigations.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p><em>“With increasing regulation, data, and compliance demands, along with shrinking budget allocations, our police department needed a modern and streamlined solution. We went fully digital to save time and money and remain focused on our primary tasks. This gives us the tools to avoid being overwhelmed from new policy and data changes.”</em></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>- Chief Scott Fraser, Brockville, ON Police, FBINAA NYEC Vice President</strong><br />  </p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/Chorus_Blog_Images/image3.jpg" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Chorus Intelligence</strong></p> <p>Chorus Intelligence (previously Create Intelligence) was founded in 2011 with the aim of delivering a cost-effective solution to the tsunami of data that Analysts and Investigators face in today’s data driven world.</p> <p>Often, Analysts and Investigators spend most of their time collecting, formatting and aligning multiple data sources. Highly skilled resources are being tied up for days simply preparing data instead of proactively analyzing it to gain valuable criminal insight and intelligence. This leaves decision makers stranded in key turning points of investigations.</p> <p>Our first product, <a href="https://us.chorusintel.com/analyser/" target="_blank">Chorus Analyz</a>e, is now the number one data cleansing and analysis tool used by 80% of all UK law enforcement. Since its release, it has helped police forces and agencies globally to solve high profile cases and keep our streets safe. Chorus now offers a <a href="https://us.chorusintel.com/products/" target="_blank">full suite of products</a> that give Investigators and front line officers the tools they need in order to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.</p> <p>Chorus Intelligence has developed a Policy and Compliance Management System (PCMS) called Chorus Compliance tailored for the demands of law enforcement policy control. Our solutions are developed  with input from current and veteran law enforcement agents with you in mind at every turn.</p> <p>Chorus Compliance provides a secure location for uploading and sharing of policy documents. It enables an organization to send out essential reading for partners and staff, monitor who has received it, accessed it and reviewed it. Chorus Compliance allows quick and easy implementation of new policies and reforms as well as reduce the administrative burden for all staff.</p> <p>Today, Chorus is  deployed around the globe in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, the exploitation of at risk and vulnerable people, and sophisticated financial fraud. When Chorus entered the U.S. market, we searched for a trusted and reliable cloud provider. After reviewing other cloud providers, Chorus selected Nlets as it’s cloud provider in the U.S. The Chorus product suite is now available for law enforcement agencies via Nlets which is a secure hosting environment already accredited by law enforcement.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/Chorus_Blog_Images/eric.png" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Mr. Zidenberg has nearly 30 years of management and leadership experience in the intelligence, justice and public safety sector to include running business units/divisions, project management, software sales teams and software development teams with special expertise with Law Enforcement Solutions at the local, state, and federal levels.</p> <p>Connect with Eric: <a href="mailto:e.zidenberg@chorusintel.com%0d">e.zidenberg@chorusintel.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.nlets.org/Chorus_Blog_Images/danny.png" /></p> <p>Danny is a Senior Sales Executive with over 25 years in the high-tech solution industry, focusing on public safety and cyber solutions. He is a subject matter expert in Law Enforcement, Data Analysis, Data Integration, Biometrics, Corrections, and Police Booking solutions.</p> <p>He is a customer-first problem solver and excels at providing custom solutions for his clients at every step of the relationship. Danny recently worked at IBM for 8 years and i2 Inc, the previous 4, and has been involved in i2 Product and Services sales for the past 12 years.</p> <p>Connect with Danny: <a href="mailto:d.jensen@chorusintel.com%0d">d.jensen@chorusintel.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>To learn more about Chorus Compliance and the rest of the Chorus Suite visit us or email us at:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://us.chorusintel.com/">us.chorusintel.com</a><br /> <a href="mailto:NAsales@chorusintel.com">NAsales@chorusintel.com</a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/industry" hreflang="en">Industry</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:30:41 +0000 opaulson 82 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Kyle Darnell https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-kyle-darnell <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Kyle Darnell</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/kyle%20darnell.png?itok=pGCRdfR8" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Kyle Darnell</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, we want you to meet Kyle Darnell, Nlets' PMO Manager. He has been with Nlets for 20 years and shared with us how he would describe Nlets (and so much more).</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are your major responsibilities?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I oversee the Nlets Project Management Office and help guide our project management team and vision. I am very lucky to have two extremely talented team members: Mike Zehring, full-time Project Manager, and Ted Rainer, contract Project Manager. Our small team stays extremely busy, managing the completion of over 100 projects in 2019.  </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How has Nlets helped in your career development?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Nlets and its leadership, specifically Frank Minice, have played a huge role in my career development. I met Frank through some mutual friends 20+ years ago and he has been a great mentor to me ever since. In 2000, he told me about a Network Analyst position that was opening up at Nlets and suggested that I apply. After discussing the details with him, I told him that it sounded great and I was definitely interested but that I was currently in college and about to complete my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification so that I could pursue a career with the fire department. He suggested I come down and learn some more anyway, and proposed that a graveyard shift could actually be a great fit for a college student. I applied and accepted the position of Network Analyst, fully expecting that it would just be a “short-term job” while I finished college. Within weeks of starting and working with the, at that time, very small ( I believe I was employee number 10) but very dedicated staff, I knew that Nlets was a special place. I remember just finishing up an overnight shift in the NOC at the AZ DPS compound the morning of September 11<sup>th</sup>, 2001, when news broke about the attacks in New York. The next few weeks seemed like a blur but I remember running watch-list names against RAND for entire shifts and compiling results to provide to the FBI. That awful event really cemented for me how important the work that we do is. From that point on I knew that I wanted to make working at Nlets my career. I’m now 20 years in, have worked my way through 5 different job titles and am proud every day of the work we do to help carry out our mission and serve the law enforcement community.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are three words you’d use to describe Nlets and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: The three words I would use to describe Nlets are: dedicated, collaborative and agile. The Nlets staff is extremely dedicated to the mission we serve and the community we support. We collaborate daily with law enforcement, as well as industry, in order to provide the most useful and relevant services. Lastly, Nlets Project Management Office, and the organization as a whole, pride ourselves on being extremely agile. We strive to involve our stakeholders early and often, not being afraid to pivot or change direction when needed. The Strategic Planning Process is a great example of all three.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: When not at work, what is your favorite thing to do?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Sports! I love to play them and love to watch my kids play them! My son plays club baseball and my daughter plays club volleyball and rec soccer. When I’m not busy shuttling kids around or watching their games, I play in a men’s softball league and occasionally a weekend tournament. And if I can squeeze it in, I love to workout! I try to hit the gym at least a few nights each week.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:28:01 +0000 opaulson 81 at https://nlets.org Nlets 101 https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-101 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets 101</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/Teri%20Nlets%20101%20August%205.png?itok=DUjAB3ue" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Teri Harsin</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Though Nlets has been around for more than fifty years, there is still a substantial amount of confusion as to what, exactly, we do. Today, we want to shed some light on the subject and clarify some frequently asked questions to help you understand how we impact the law enforcement community.</p> <p><strong>1. Our History</strong></p> <p>In the mid 1960’s, representatives from the 50 United States decided to develop a nationwide, interstate communications system. So, in May of 1967, the LETS – Law Enforcement Telecommunications System was installed in Phoenix, AZ. We have since changed our name to Nlets – The International Justice &amp; Public Safety Network (<em>but most people just call us Nlets</em>).</p> <p>We have existed for over 50 years to connect all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada along with numerous federal agencies and various associate members for the secure exchange of criminal justice data necessary to complete our law enforcement, justice, and public safety mission. In other words, our work allows criminal justice information to be shared amongst relevant communities in a highly efficient and secure way.</p> <p>2. <strong>NCIC vs Nlets</strong></p> <p>Nlets is <strong><em>not</em></strong> the same as NCIC! The FBI’s NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information. This index of information is populated by agencies that are entering records, such as, wanted persons, missing persons, stolen vehicles, stolen guns, etc. The information is made available to federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.</p> <p>Nlets, on the other hand, is a self-funded, private, not-for-profit corporation that has created dozens of secure partnerships for data exchange. We do not own any of the data that is being used in the criminal justice or public safety realm – we exist solely for the purpose of securely accessing that information for you. We are funded and governed by the 54 lead law enforcement agencies that make up the principal members of Nlets.</p> <p>3. <strong>Nlets Membership</strong></p> <p>To understand the way that we operate, you first need to know that we are funded and governed by the 54 lead law enforcement agencies that make up the principal members of Nlets. Each state is represented by one individual, otherwise known as the Nlets Representative. Next, the states are divided into eight regions, each of which elects a chairperson to represent the region on the Nlets Board of Directors (BOD). Finally, the BOD consists of the President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and the Regional Chairs. Together, each of these groups of representatives form the Nlets Primary Membership.</p> <p>4. <strong>Nlets at work</strong></p> <p>So, what does Nlets look like in action? Here is a common scenario where Nlets is used numerous times each day.</p> <p>Imagine that you are a California driver on your way to Arizona. Since the drive is long and boring, you start to speed and are then pulled over by a state trooper. Because you are from California, you present your California driver license to the trooper. However, the trooper and dispatch in Arizona do not have direct access to the DMV information that California has about you, so they run a Nlets check to securely access that information.</p> <p>To accomplish this, the request is sent to dispatch by way of a Nlets query. Nlets first receives the query from the agency and checks to make sure it is a valid request. This is done by validating the Originating Agency Identifier (the identification for each agency/terminal that accesses Nlets and NCIC) to make sure the agency that is requesting the information is authorized to receive it. Once the validation is complete, the request is forwarded to California. California receives the request and pulls the information that is needed by the out-of-state trooper and sends an automated response back to Nlets. Nlets receives the response from California and then forwards the information back to the dispatcher in Arizona that made the initial request and ultimately the information gets back to the trooper that pulled you over.</p> <p>While this might sound like a lot of steps, the process is extremely quick, averaging about 1.5 seconds in total. What’s more, this happens all day, every day. In fact, in 2019, Nlets processed over two billion transactions.</p> <p> </p> <p>We hope that this article clarified some of your questions and helps you understand what we do. If you want to learn more or have deeper questions about what we do, contact training@nlets.org.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:26:35 +0000 opaulson 80 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Laura Carter https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-laura-carter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Laura Carter</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/laura%20carter.png?itok=cPHJDcN4" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Laura Carter</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, we want you to meet Laura Carter, Nlets' Chief Human Resource Officer. She has been with Nlets since 1990 (for more than 30 years!) and shared with us what she finds most motivating about her job and much more. </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How did you first hear about Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I first heard about Nlets over 30 years ago from a friend (our current Executive Director Frank Minice’s mother). She told me that the Administrative Assistant for her husband’s company was leaving and that I had to apply for this job – it included lots of great travel. I had only been in Phoenix a little over a year and liked the job I was at and was initially not interested in seeking a new position. She eventually convinced me to at least interview, and after doing so I decided I HAD to be a part of it! I had had no idea that such a company existed that provided such a critical service to law enforcement, but I'm so glad that I found Nlets.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are your major responsibilities?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Initially, I worked solely with the Executive Director and Operations Director.  We had a very small staff and I was the only admin. I did EVERYTHING in the office from bookkeeping, transcribing minutes, typing letters (on a typewriter with carbon paper!), packaging and mailing, and running the Annual Business Meeting. It wasn’t until 9 years later that we hired another administrative assistant to help out. I have held many titles during my career with Nlets. After starting as Administrative Assistant, I became Executive Assistant, Business Manager, Human Resource Specialist, Human Resource and Administrative Director, and now I am the Chief Human Resource Officer. In my current position as CHRO, I am responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, staff training and development, and compensation. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: Why did you choose to work at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: To be honest, the opportunity to travel excited me at first. I had only been on a plane once in my life, and that was when I moved to Phoenix. Since that time, Nlets’ meetings have taken me to 36 states, DC, Puerto Rico and various cities in Canada.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are three words you’d use to describe Nlets and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: The first word that comes to my mind is family. Nlets treats their employees and representatives like family. One great example of this occurs every year at our Annual Business Meeting. The ABM provides an opportunity for staff, our membership, and industry partners to gather and share new ideas, tackle challenges, and determine our road-map for a year of further growth and progress in law enforcement and public safety information. In addition, we provide an environment where representatives are encouraged to bring their families by providing family-friendly venues and entertainment for them to enjoy as well.  Throughout my 30 years at Nlets, not only have I seen my colleague’s children grow up, but my own growing with them, and making families of their own. The friendships I have made along the way have continued and will continue for my lifetime.The other two words I would use are commitment and dedication. The commitment of our staff to think outside of the box and provide the best services and technology to support the exchange of critical criminal justice information, and the dedication of our staff that show up every day and give 110% to support our mission.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: You can work at a job to get a paycheck, but the joy and fulfillment of working in a job that makes a difference every second of every day and with people that you consider extended family is what motivates me. I guess you could call me the Nlets HR salesperson, because I love talking with potential new employees about the mission and culture of Nlets and sharing my passion for this great company.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:25:17 +0000 opaulson 79 at https://nlets.org Region F Chair Spotlight - Tom Prevo https://nlets.org/resources/blog/region-f-chair-spotlight-tom-prevo <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Region F Chair Spotlight - Tom Prevo</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2022-06/tom%20prevo%20site%20graphic.png?itok=DgWt8FxA" width="770" height="330" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the third edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets representatives are doing.</p> <p> </p> <p>Today, meet <strong>Tom Prevo of the Nebraska State Patrol</strong>. He represents over 130 criminal justice agencies and their users in Nebraska. He has been the Nebraska Nlets Representative since 2009 and a civilian employee with the Nebraska State Patrol for 44 years.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Q: If you had to describe your role as an Nlets Representative in one sentence (or a brief description), what would you say?   </strong></p> <p>A: My role is to ensure that our users understand and utilize the capabilities of Nlets to the fullest extent.  It’s so much more than vehicle registrations and driver’s license inquiries!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Q: What has been the most impactful experience you've had working with Nlets?</strong></p> <p>A: I’ve made so many lasting friendships with my Nlets peers over the years.  As a new Representative many years ago, it was very comforting to know that other Reps would step up to help.  Now, I’m able to offer my help to those new Representatives.      </p> <p><strong>Q: Can you share one success story where Nlets was used in your state/agency?  </strong></p> <p>A: Just one? Our most recent success story involved the apprehension of a suspect in a homicide here in Lincoln.  Once police identified the suspect, his information was entered into the NCIC wanted person file.  Little did anyone know, and clearly out of the blue just 3 days later, the police here received an Nlets YQ hit confirmation request from Jacksonville Beach PD in Florida.  The police in Jacksonville Beach pulled over a vehicle for a seat belt violation, and the homicide suspect was a passenger in that car!  No intel indicated that the suspect was in Florida.  The immediate receipt of the YQ and the timely YR response was instrumental in the apprehension of the suspect. </p> <p><strong>Q: What is one word you would use to describe Nlets? Why?  </strong></p> <p>A: Essential. Nlets, for many of our users, runs quietly and efficiently in the background, so much so that terminal operators aren’t even aware of what’s occurring.  They just know that when they need information, Nlets is always there for them, even if they couldn’t articulate how the magic occurs!</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:24:00 +0000 opaulson 78 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Shawn Scriven https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-shawn-scriven <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Shawn Scriven</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/shawn%20scriven.png?itok=-yoVToKJ" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Shawn Scriven</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This #TeamTuesday, meet Shawn Scriven, our Chief Financial Officer who started at Nlets in January 2017.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How did you first learn about Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: By replying to a job posting.  Prior to that, I had zero knowledge of Nlets.  But after doing my homework about Nlets before my first interview, I knew this would be a great organization to be a part of.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What three words would you use to describe Nlets and why?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>A: Impact</strong> – While Nlets is a relatively small organization in terms of employee count and annual revenue, I feel Nlets has a huge nationwide impact for the services we provide.  2.65 Billion transactions last year running through the Nlets network can attest to this impact. <strong>Reliability</strong> – Nlets makes significant investments every year to make sure the people and infrastructure are in place to ensure the system is up an running at all times. <strong>Community</strong> – When you join Nlets, either as an employee, Nlets Rep, Strategic Partner or user of the Nlets network, you become part of an amazing community.  Nlets mission to serve the justice and public safety communities.  To see so many people work together to promote this mission is impressive.  As a key member in this community, Nlets also gives back by way of the Brodie Assistance Fund.</p> </li> </ul> <p>?</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: When not at work, what is your favorite thing to do?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I enjoy almost any outdoor activity – sports such as soccer or golf, or getting up to the mountains to cool off and go hiking or fishing.  Those who know me well know that my life outside of Nlets revolves around the soccer schedules of my 3 boys.  I still try to play soccer as well as I’ve done most of my life, (key word there is “try!”) but one of our favorite things to do recently is playing soccer-tennis, which is essentially playing tennis on a tennis court using a soccer ball and the no hands soccer rule to get the ball over the net.  It sounded strange at first when we first learned of this game, but we have had a lot of fun with it and look forward to playing every weekend. </p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:21:24 +0000 opaulson 77 at https://nlets.org How to Make Sure Your Data is Secure https://nlets.org/resources/blog/how-make-sure-your-data-secure <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Make Sure Your Data is Secure</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/Website%20Graphic.png?itok=57Q7jEXC" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tony Abate</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Five years ago, Nlets introduced Nova, the Nlets Secure Cloud Platform to meet the needs of law enforcement and the companies that support law enforcement. One of our main driving points was to support local, state, and federal agency’s technology requirements in a CJIS-compliant and technically advanced environment. Given the security concerns around law enforcement data we strived to answer the question, “Who do you trust with your data?”</p> <p>Nlets answered this question by developing our Nlets Trust Model:</p> <ul> <li> <p> <strong>Security: </strong>Nlets provides physical site security for our datacenters where all employees are background-checked regardless of role, infrastructure security for our systems and networks follow Role-Based Access Controls for monitoring and administration and customer security is provided by customer-controlled virtual firewalls with Intrusion Detection Systems and anti-virus capabilities.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Compliance: </strong>The infrastructure delivering Nova is wholly contained within the Nlets datacenter. As a CJIS Systems Agency, Nlets undergoes triennial Information Technology Security (ITS) audits performed by the CJIS Audit Unit of the FBI’s CJIS Division. ITS audits of the Nlets enterprise have delivered no findings over the past five audit cycles. Nlets is deeply involved with the CJIS Advisory Policy Board and is uniquely positioned as a cloud provider to understand the complexities, challenges, and changes of the CJIS Policy.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Ownership:</strong> Nlets was founded on the secure exchange of data between agencies. We are the hub, not the holder of data, and that principle has extended to Nova, where all data is wholly owned by the customer. There are no charges or fees for data retrieval.</p> </li> </ul> <p>As a proven and trusted partner to law enforcement for over 50 years, our goal with Nova has always been to extend that relationship to the technology needs of law enforcement. One area that has quickly gained traction is Disaster Recovery.</p> <p>A functional law enforcement system is a critical priority, especially today. Too many agencies do not have a way to remain operational if their system goes down or have insufficient financial and technical support for an effective Disaster Recovery plan. Nlets, through Nova, can provide strategic services designed to alleviate those concerns.</p> <p>Nova is a highly available, highly scalable cloud platform. With redundancy of systems, networks, and power, Nova is an always-on solution for cloud computing. Connectivity to the Internet as well as to the Nlets Network and Nlets Message Switch ensure your operations stay secure and available. Nova supports multiple Windows and Linux environments with performance and capacity resources built to your specifications.</p> <p>Our technical teams and Service Center will work with your agency to ensure that connectivity to your system is available via your Disaster Recovery site quickly in the event a primary system failure occurs. Officers on the street, dispatchers, and inter-agency data exchanges will be back online in minutes instead of hours or days. In the most critical of situations, your agency should be focused on protecting the community and not on information technology. Nova allows you to follow your mission without worrying about the technology infrastructure.</p> <p>Another major concern when it comes to an efficient Disaster Recovery plan is cost. As several private companies and public entities have found, the promise of cloud computing has been more complicated than advertised. Transaction-based and data egress charges drive up the initial cost of cloud computing and even the initial price can vary drastically with so many ways to accomplish the same thing. Support for the cloud environment also adds significant cost while getting through to support services and resolving issues can cost even more in valuable agency time.</p> <p>Nova addresses these concerns by offering simplified pricing that includes 24/7/365 support through our Service Center and immediate escalation to our expert technical staff, giving you direct access to the technical team that builds and manages Nova. Our competitive pricing is up front and transparent with no surprise fees; therefore, you will know exactly what Nova will cost on a monthly and annual basis. As a not-for-profit organization governed by law enforcement and recognized by the FBI as a CJIS Systems Agency, our goal is to work with Criminal Justice Agencies and law enforcement-oriented companies to ensure they have the tools and data they need without encumbering them.</p> <p>By placing your Disaster Recovery system within Nova, you will be able to reduce your expenses and maintenance periods and gain the confidence you need, all within a cloud platform provided by a CJIS-compliant, trusted member of the law enforcement community.</p> <p><strong>Learn more about Nova <a href="mailto:cmarquardt@nlets.org?subject=Interest%20in%20Nova&amp;body=Hi,%20I%27m%20interested%20in%20scheduling%20a%20meeting%20to%20learn%20more%20about%20Nova.%0d%0a%0d%0aMy%20availability%20is:%20%0d%0aMy%20phone%20number%20is:%20">here</a>.</strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/cloud" hreflang="en">Cloud</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:56:24 +0000 opaulson 76 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Kurt Anzelmo https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-kurt-anzelmo <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Kurt Anzelmo</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/kurt%20anzelmo.png?itok=q-93Vthq" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Kurt Anzelmo</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This #TeamTuesday, meet Kurt Anzelmo, our Chief Operations Officer who has been with Nlets for 12 years. </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: How has Nlets helped in your career development?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Development is a never-ending action – every day I try to increase my ability to be better at what I do and to teach others as I learn.  Adding more tools in the belt helps continue both my growth and that of others. I am nowhere near done growing, I'll always be a ways from 100% satisfied in my developmental needs.. I guess that just means that continued development is a way of life. </p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned so far?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Three career lessons I've learned:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Be a great listener.</p> </li> <li> <p>Be willing to move with changes (even though I am old school)</p> </li> <li> <p>Try to be empathetic. You don't always see things the same way as others. </p> </li> </ol> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: If you could choose one, what superpower you would choose?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Teleportation, so I can get where needed quickly and to return to base as quick as possible – nowadays who wants to spend hours getting there and back.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:54:58 +0000 opaulson 75 at https://nlets.org Nlets Representative Spotlight - Joe Mandala https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-representative-spotlight-joe-mandala <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Representative Spotlight - Joe Mandala</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/joe%20mandala_0.png?itok=f2hhw6yE" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Joe Mandala</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the second edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets representatives are doing.</p> <p>Today, meet <strong>Joe Mandala of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation</strong>. He not only serves as an Nlets representative, but also our 1st Vice President and our Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair. He's been the Nlets representative for Kansas since 2014.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Q: If you had to describe your role as an Nlets representative in one sentence, what would you say? </strong></p> <p>A: I represent the public safety agencies of Kansas on the governing Council for the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets), and serve the needs of those stakeholders in improving public safety information sharing in Kansas and between all member jurisdictions.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Q: What has been the most impactful experience you've had working with Nlets? </strong></p> <p>A: I think that being asked to serve as the Chair of the Technical Operations Committee was a real wake-up call for me, and made me realize that we all have a responsibility to serve in ways that we are asked to.  I have learned that it is often the wisdom and perception of others that shows us where we can serve best.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Q: Can you share one success story where Nlets was used in your state/agency? </strong></p> <p>A: The access to information that Nlets provides on a daily basis to agencies in my state is fundamental to public safety operations.  Trying to pick one success story out of all of the daily success stories involved in public safety in an entire state (even Kansas) would be to exclude every other deserving success story.  I will instead say that without the ability that Nlets provides to share information with our partner jurisdictions, it would be much more difficult for public safety agencies to perform their missions in Kansas.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Q: What is one word you would use to describe Nlets? Why? </strong></p> <p>A: Access – There is the obvious; that Nlets provides appropriate access to public safety information for a broad range of agencies and users.  However, this word also describes something critically important about Nlets as an organization.  Nlets relies on its people and its partners to do the excellent job that it does.  The organization provides access to peers in other jurisdictions, to partner organizations and providers, to national and international information sources, and to experts who can help us in many ways.  This access, both technical and personal, provides a value that is hard to quantify, and even harder to replace.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:53:26 +0000 opaulson 74 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Bonnie Locke https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-bonnie-locke <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Bonnie Locke</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/bonnie%20locke_0.png?itok=JPht6OuO" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bonnie Locke</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This #TeamTuesday, meet Bonnie Locke, our Chief Marketing Officer who has been with Nlets for 15 years. </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. How did you first hear about Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. Nlets Representative and past Nlets President Gerry Coleman handed me a job description for the Director of Program Management at Nlets. I had no idea what Nlets even was - I had to look it up. At the time, I loved my job as the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WJIS) Director for the State of Wisconsin and had no plans to ever leave. But when I read the Nlets job description, it was as though the job was written for me. I knew the former Nlets Executive Director, Steve Correll, and was thrilled at the chance to work for him. The rest is history!</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What is your favorite thing about working at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. Two things. First, I love the people – both the people I work with and the community of people I support. Second, I get tremendous satisfaction, and reward from going to work each day feeling like I am really making a difference in the world and helping to keep our officers and citizens safe.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What would surprise someone about you?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. This question is funny because I am pretty much an open book.  It would probably be that only some people realize I am not as extroverted as everyone thinks I am!</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:52:02 +0000 opaulson 73 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Kate Silhol https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-kate-silhol <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Kate Silhol</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/kate%20silhol.png?itok=utJJYAa2" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Kate Silhol</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, we want to introduce you to Kate Silhol. She's our Chief Information Officer and does so much for the Nlets team. </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What is your official title and a brief overview of what you do?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I have recently taken on the role of Chief Information Officer at Nlets. I participate as part of the executive management team, and my primary responsibility is to oversee the Applications and Systems groups.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. How did you first learn about Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I came to Nlets via a different route than most. I worked for a government contractor in the Washington, DC area, and Nlets was one of our clients. I became involved in Nlets software and XML standards. I recognized the importance of what Nlets does, loved being involved in the work and didn’t want to just move onto the next project or client. Luckily, the stars aligned; Nlets was seeking to fill a position that was a good match with my skillset, and the rest is history!</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What are 3 words you would use to describe Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. Impactful. Dedicated. Facilitating.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q. What is something on your bucket list?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A. I don’t have a bucket list! You might think that making a bucket list would be right up my alley – I’m a planner and love to travel - but I don’t know how I would pick a finite set of places or experiences to target! There are so many incredible places in the world and some of my favorite adventures have been spontaneous! I just hope to keep exploring new cities and countries as often as I can, and I never say “no” to an adventure!</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:33:13 +0000 opaulson 72 at https://nlets.org Nlets Representative Spotlight - Dan Redifer https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-representative-spotlight-dan-redifer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Representative Spotlight - Dan Redifer</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/dan%20redifer.png?itok=n77fDAw4" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dan Redifer</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>We are delighted to be starting a new series where we share the work that Nlets representatives are doing.</p> <p>To kick us off, we are starting with <strong>Dan Redifer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)</strong>. He has been an Nlets Associate Representative for five years.</p> <p>We asked him a few questions about his experiences with Nlets:</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What has been your most impactful experience with Nlets to date?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I’ve loved the interaction with other agencies. Brainstorming, networking, and working through some of the issues that are common for all agencies has been incredibly rewarding.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: Can you give me an example of how you’ve used Nlets to achieve success?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: One time we made a breakthrough on an old cold case where we got a hit on some information through the Commissioner of Revenue office. Generally, our analysts use the NCIC to pull data, but the Commissioner of Revenue doesn’t make their queries through there. They do make queries through Nlets, though, and I was able to help our case analysis division with a RAND search, and we were able to use the information that came through Nlets to solve the case.</p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What would you tell someone who’s unfamiliar with what Nlets does?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: Nlets is a wonderful tool for law enforcement. Without Nlets, we would have a very difficult time performing our job. At the Center, we primarily use Nlets to communicate with law enforcement. For example, when someone registers a missing child in NCIC, it automatically sends a message to us. If it’s a critical case, we will then send a message through Nlets to the law enforcement agency who originally registered the missing child to make them familiar with our team and the resources we offer to help them solve it. Additionally, NCMEC uses an Nlets service that reviews text within Nlets administrative messages. When key words regarding endangered missing children or sex offenders are found within the messages an email is sent to NCMEC for follow-up.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:29:38 +0000 opaulson 71 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight - Bill Phillips https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-bill-phillips <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight - Bill Phillips</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-09/Bill%20Phillips.png?itok=MAEO5Ttx" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">opaulson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 10, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bill Phillips</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For our first<strong> Team Tuesday</strong>, we want to spotlight Bill Phillips, the Nlets Chief Security Officer. We asked him a few questions about his role and shared his responses below.</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Q: What do you do at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: My role within the organization has recently changed. Historically, I have been responsible for the technical security and compliance of the Nlets organization. Now, I oversee the security of all IT functions and systems.<br />  </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Q: Why did you decide to work at Nlets?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I started with Nlets in 2004 after the events of September 11th gave me a desire to play a part in ensuring the security of our nation. I applied at several federal law enforcement agencies and at Nlets. After I had several conversations with special agents that I knew, I chose Nlets.<br />  </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned so far?</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>A: I am always learning lessons – learned makes it seem like “that one is in the bag.” That is just never the case for me. I can always do better. That being said, I have learned a few things. First, be humble – there is always somebody smarter! Next, never quit/Be persistent - “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence” is the beginning of a quote attributed to Calvin Coolidge. Being persistent in my efforts to accomplish short and long term goals or projects has served me well. Third, own your mistakes/ingrain integrity – When pushing boundaries and growing skills mistakes are inevitable. Accepting the responsibility for mistakes is critical as is being able to articulate the rationale behind the process that led there, identifying the solution and learning from the error - striving to not repeat. This is even more important to call attention to an error when no one else will ever know that it was made.</p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 18:26:18 +0000 opaulson 70 at https://nlets.org Elevating to the Cloud https://nlets.org/resources/blog/elevating-cloud <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Elevating to the Cloud</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/cloud.png?itok=XPRymMmy" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tony Abate</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Commonly Asked Questions About Migrating To A Cloud Provider</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>There are a myriad of reasons to migrate your infrastructure as a whole or in part to a cloud provider, such as: a lower total cost of ownership, eased management and administration, enhanced security controls, and the ability to increase resources easily and by large amounts. However, none of these are a given and preparing for the move to a cloud provider can be the most important technology project your organization undertakes. Our goal with writing this blog is to provide some guidance on some of the more common questions we’ve been asked when we on-board a new customer to Nova, the Nlets Secure Cloud Platform.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Can I Move My Existing Virtual Machines?</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The answer to this varies from provider to provider. While it seems like a technically feasible scenario, there are other things to consider. Licensing for the operating system and installed software may not apply once the virtual machine is in a cloud provider’s environment, which means that new licensing may need to be obtained and installed. The actual act of taking the files that make up a virtual machine and uploading them to a cloud provider also requires coordination and configuration on the part of the provider and they may see that as a time and resource expense that is not worth the effort outside of specific circumstances. For example, when our clients are first migrating to Nova, we assign a Project Manager to the deployment of a new customer and therefore the staff resources are already available to assist with a VM migration, but other providers may not have as many resources available. That’s why finding out if you can move your existing virtual machines is an important question to ask your cloud provider. The answer can be the difference between a seamless transition and essentially a rebuild of your entire environment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>How Do I Manage My Environment?</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is an important question because managing your environment is at the heart of what cloud computing really is. Despite buzzwords, sales pitches, and grandiose descriptions of what cloud computing can accomplish, the core function of the cloud is to run your workloads on someone else’s computer. When your servers and software are running in another environment you don’t have full control over, the question of managing that environment becomes more nuanced. All providers offer at least some management capabilities that allow you to perform the basic steps necessary to connect to and manage your servers and applications, but there can be security concerns to consider. The use of standard management methods such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Secure Shell (SSH) are discouraged, as this would go over the public internet as opposed to your internal network. Nova offers a secure ‘Console Connect’ feature that uses certificate authentication to establish a secure connection to virtual machines and allows for network and firewall rules to reduce your attack surface for public facing servers in general. Make sure to establish management paths with your cloud provider to ensure consistent and secure access.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>What is a Hybrid Cloud?</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the earlier days of cloud computing, there was a large push to get entire datacenter environments into a cloud provider. Over time, this approach was found to be more difficult and expensive than initially thought so a new paradigm called a hybrid cloud was created to address and resolve those issues. A hybrid cloud is a scenario where you maintain a presence with a cloud provider but also preserve a local datacenter footprint as well. This allows for a more flexible infrastructure and ensures resources are in the place they need to be for the most cost-effective and productive solution. Connectivity between the on-premise and cloud environments is usually managed through a Site-to-Site Virtual Private Network, but there are also more direct mechanisms that are offered depending on the cloud provider. For example, Nova offers a Site-to-Site VPN as well as a Hybrid Colo approach that allows both your physical and cloud environments to co-exist within the Nlets datacenter. This is a key component because connectivity between on-premise and cloud environments can have an impact on the security of the environment and can be an issue during an audit, such as an audit to assess compliance with the CJIS Security Policy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Will My Environment be Compliant with CJIS?</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Security Policy is developed collaboratively between law enforcement agencies and managed by the FBI's CJIS Policy Division. The FBI's Advisory Policy Board (APB) meets regularly to update the policy language as needed. It is essentially a set of rules to abide by when storing or processing criminal justice information. You may see or hear the term ‘CJIS certified’, but it’s important to understand that there is no such thing as a ‘CJIS certification’. Instead, security controls and documentation are implemented to be compliant with the CJIS Security Policy. The FBI performs an audit of CJIS Security Agencies (CSAs) to ensure compliance with the policy and only audits CSA’s.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In essence, a cloud provider’s environment may be fully compliant with the CJIS Security Policy but that does not mean it has been audited nor does it even mean your environment is CJIS compliant. This is because in a cloud model there are three areas of responsibility. The Service Provider is the organization who owns and maintains the cloud infrastructure and the Tenant is the organization who is hosted in the Service Provider’s cloud. Finally, there is the Shared responsibilities that are governed jointly by the Tenant and the Service Provider. If all three areas are following CJIS Security Policy standards, then the environment can be said to be CJIS compliant but that still may mean it has not been audited by the FBI or another CSA. As an example, Nova undergoes an audit as part of Nlets’ audit by the FBI. Our Service Provider area has therefore been found to be compliant. The Nlets Risk &amp; Compliance department audits Nlets Strategic Partners' Tenant responsibilities and our own Shared responsibilities.  As a CSA, Nlets can perform this audit and determine compliance.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, an organization can also work with individual CSA’s outside of the FBI to be audited and work with those CSA’s directly. This creates a scenario where your environment and your cloud provider’s environment have been audited by one CSA and so they are willing to partner with you but another CSA may not be until they perform their own audit of your environment. It’s a complicated area that requires due diligence and discussion with your cloud provider as well as any CSA’s you plan to work with to determine whether your environment is CJIS compliant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Conclusion</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>These are just some of the questions that many have regarding migrating to a cloud provider. Ultimately, it’s important to track expectations versus realized gains as the migration takes place and once it has been completed to determine whether it was the right decision. However, with plenty of research, discussion, and asking the right questions, you can be assured that when the migration is complete, your organization will be in a better position than it was. We’re always happy to answer any questions, so please feel free to leave a comment or contact our team via </span><a href="mailto:solutions@nlets.org"><span>solutions@nlets.org</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/cloud" hreflang="en">Cloud</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:51:44 +0000 Anonymous 65 at https://nlets.org Team Spotlight: Matt Butler https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-spotlight-matt-butler <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Spotlight: Matt Butler</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/matt-butler.png?itok=EUsib2BX" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Matt Butler</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet Matt Butler, Nlets’ Operations Services Manager. He has been with Nlets for 10 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more)<br />  </p> <ul> <li><strong>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></li> <li>A. I have the privilege of managing Nlets’ 24/7/365 Service Center. The Service Center consists of a dozen highly skilled individuals that monitor our systems, troubleshoot problems, and provide assistance to law enforcement. The Nlets Service Center serves as the first and last point of contact for all customer issues. In addition to managing the Service Center, I am also responsible for the Network Operations Center (NOC) and all of the critical controls that support the NOC (Generator, Battery Backups, Fire Alarms, etc).<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?</strong></li> <li>A. My favorite part about working at Nlets is that I can see my work make a difference. I think sometimes people can get designated into doing one thing where they lose focus on the impact they are making, but that’s not true at Nlets - we wear lots of hats and can always see the fruits of our labor.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents?</strong></li> <li>A. A few of us at Nlets are Harley lovers. I like to take long rides on my 2020 Road Glide Limited. There’s something about wind therapy that cleanses your soul and recharges you for the upcoming week.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?</strong></li> <li>A. I initially heard about Nlets through a part-time job posting for an Analyst. At the time, I owned a successful company, but I was working way too many hours for that success, so I decided to take on the part time role to get some structure. Once starting at Nlets, my boss kept asking me to transition to a full-time role, but I just wasn’t willing to let go of my company. However, I learned an important lesson – money isn’t everything. I think men in general are taught that they need to provide for their family, and for many, they think that means you just need to make enough money. But one day my daughter asked me for a hug when I was on a conference call with a client from my own company, and I knew right then and there that the cost of being spread too thin was too great. I decided I wasn’t willing to miss any more of my kid’s childhood so I sold my company and took a full-time job with Nlets, where there was a much stronger work/life balance. When I finally joined Nlets full time, I was able to tuck my girls in every night.</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:49:19 +0000 Anonymous 64 at https://nlets.org Nlets Representative Spotlight - Tim Chung https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-representative-spotlight-tim-chung <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Representative Spotlight - Tim Chung</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/tim-chung.png?itok=CumsDDtJ" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tim Chung</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Welcome to the fifth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.</p> <p>Today, meet Lieutenant Colonel Timothy E. Chung, Assistant Director of the Technical Services Division of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He has been an Nlets representative for over five years.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Q: How would you describe your role as an Nlets Representative to someone who didn’t know what it was? What are some highlights? What is more difficult?</strong></li> <li>A: As an Nlets Representative, I look at my primary role as serving as a liaison between our Arizona stakeholders/partners and Nlets. It’s my responsibility to promote and coordinate Nlets services, information sharing, and training while ensuring we remain compliant with established policies and procedures. The most significant highlights come from attending the Annual Business Meetings where I can network and learn from a lot of very friendly and intelligent people – also known as the Nlets family. It is also great networking with the Nlets Strategic Partners.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q: What was a particularly impactful experience you’ve had working with Nlets?</strong></li> <li>A: Up to this point, my most impactful Nlets experience was the opportunity to serve on the Nlets Executive Director Selection Committee in 2019. It was an awesome experience to work with the others on the Committee throughout the selection process with the goal of providing the Nlets President with the finalists in rank order. As we all know, Nlets’ success is directly tied to the quality of its leadership, so it was great to be a part of increasing the effectiveness of the Nlets Executive Team.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q: Can you share one success story where Nlets was used in your agency/state?</strong></li> <li>A: It’s really difficult to share just one success story where Nlets was used because numerous success stories are occurring every day with all Nlets users in Arizona. With the thousands of transactions occurring in Arizona each day, I consider each transaction leading toward a success story because Nlets is providing critical information to our law enforcement officers working the streets and investigations.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li><strong>Q: What is one word you would use to describe Nlets and why?</strong></li> <li>A: The one word would be “exchange” because Nlets is a primary mechanism for the exchange of an abundance of public safety information through its network.</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:47:33 +0000 Anonymous 63 at https://nlets.org Nlets Security Tip - Responsible Social Networking https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-security-tip-responsible-social-networking <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Security Tip - Responsible Social Networking</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/security-tip.png?itok=R7KCTYil" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 1, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h3><strong>Nlets Security Tips - Responsible Social Networking</strong></h3> <h3><em>This content was provided by <a href="http://knowbe4%20security%20tips%20-%20malvertising/">KnowBe4</a></em></h3> <p>Social media offers cybercriminals ample opportunities to social engineer or manipulate people to their nefarious advantage. Many do not consider how much personal information is available online and waiting to be used against you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Social Media - Not Just for Socializing</strong><br /> <br /> Social media platforms are also a breeding ground for fake profile personas waiting to take advantage of you. For instance, LinkedIn has a professional influence unlike other social media sites, often making users less cautious when connecting with strangers. When people willingly make these connections under the assumption of making professional networking contacts, criminals can lure them into divulging personal details and direct them to malicious sites.<br /> <br /> Social Engineering is a never-ending weapon for cyber criminals and social media hands them most of the information they need for successful attacks. Cybercriminals can use a quick company search on LinkedIn to find several contacts from a company, including information such as their job positions and email addresses. This quick search gives the attacker a new list of targets to familiarize themselves with for better spear-phishing attempts.<br /> <br /> If an attacker wanted to target you personally, they could easily find your favorite hobbies or activities from one or more of your social media profiles. They could then craft a relevant spear-phishing email or text message spoofed to look as if it is coming from a company or person that you commonly interact with.<br /> <br /> Always be aware of the information you share with the world, and be cautious of how that information can result in you, or your organization being more susceptible to a compromise.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/security" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:45:52 +0000 Anonymous 62 at https://nlets.org Five Commonly Asked Questions About Nlets https://nlets.org/resources/blog/five-commonly-asked-questions-about-nlets <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Five Commonly Asked Questions About Nlets</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/faq.png?itok=OCuFSJjU" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bonnie Locke</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Commonly Asked Questions About Nlets</strong></p> <p>After an Nlets employee is asked what they do, one of the first questions they are asked is, ‘Can you fix my speeding ticket?’</p> <p>And, of course, the answer is no.</p> <p>But we are asked dozens of other questions as well, and today, we’d like to share some of the most asked questions (and answers) with you.</p> <p><strong>1. Are NCIC and Nlets the Same Thing? </strong></p> <p>Simply put, the answer is no. NCIC and Nlets are partners, but we aren’t the same. The FBI’s NCIC is a centralized information system that facilitates the flow of criminal justice data between federal, state, local law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies. In contrast, Nlets is a self-funded, private, not-for-profit corporation funded and governed solely by the 54 lead law enforcement agencies that make up the principal customers of Nlets. Nlets has created dozens of partnerships for securely exchanging data and for criminal justice information sharing.</p> <p><strong>2. Is Nlets a Vendor?</strong></p> <p>We are not. We work closely with both our industry partners and our membership, but we are not a vendor. Instead, think of us as the hub of information sharing. We facilitate a great deal of information sharing between our membership and our industry partners.</p> <p><strong>3. Nlets Can Only Run Driver and Vehicle Registrations, Right?</strong></p> <p>We do access driver and vehicle registration information, which is critical to the roadside officer, but we do so much more than that! We have dozens and dozens of resources accessible to our users. Rather than list them all out here, please check out our <a href="///C:/Users/opaulson/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/IOKNK8I9/nlets.org">website</a> and <a href="///C:/Users/opaulson/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/IOKNK8I9/wiki.nlets.org">wiki</a> for more information about the other resources we make available to our users.</p> <p><strong>4. Does Nlets Own and Control the Data They Access?</strong></p> <p>While a common misunderstanding, we do not own or control the data we access! Instead, think of us like the superhighway of information sharing.  We facilitate the sharing of the information between the agencies that own the data and deliver it to our members within seconds, but we don’t own the information itself.</p> <p><strong>5. Can Anyone Become an Nlets Strategic Partner?</strong></p> <p>Nope! One of the requirements to become a Strategic Partner is that the organization must serve the same mission as Nlets. In some way, it has to support justice and public safety and/or other like-minded law enforcement entities.</p> <p>So, there you have some of the most asked questions about Nlets. We know that we didn’t answer everything, so feel free to reach out to Bonnie Locke, Nlets' Chief Marketing Officer, at <a href="mailto:blocke@nlets.org">blocke@nlets.org</a> if you have any other questions.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/faqs" hreflang="en">FAQs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:43:33 +0000 Anonymous 61 at https://nlets.org Team Tuesday - TJ Nicholls https://nlets.org/resources/blog/team-tuesday-tj-nicholls <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Team Tuesday - TJ Nicholls</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/tj-nicholls.png?itok=klmNpXC8" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">TJ Nicholls</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, meet TJ Nicholls, Nlets’ Information Security Services Manager. He has been with Nlets for 8 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more)</p> <ul> <li><strong>Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?</strong></li> <li>A. My responsibilities, like most of us here, are alive and shifting as needed. I am primarily responsible for being the technical lead for detection, response, and designing solutions related to information security. Other responsibilities include providing guidance in vulnerability management and helping to build services that may help our community. Overall, I do my best to continually learn in the technical areas I am most interested in and support my department to make sure we are heading in the right direction.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?</strong></li> <li>A. My favorite part about working at Nlets is building solutions that in some way have a positive impact on public safety. I enjoy having the trust of our leadership to move us in the right direction. I am working with a group of colleagues who have a genuine interest in positively impacting our community.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents?</strong></li> <li>A. Outside of work, I practice the most efficient techniques for strangling people (lol). Jiu-Jitsu is a great physical outlet for me since I spend most of my working day behind a computer screen. What I enjoy most is simply joking around at home with my family. I’m also a foodie, so either cooking or finding some interesting new food to eat is always a good time.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?</strong></li> <li>A. I found Nlets by chance in a job posting. What kept me here was the ability to grow. The leadership here has constantly enabled me to grow my technical and soft skills.</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/people-spotlight" hreflang="en">People Spotlight</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:41:47 +0000 Anonymous 60 at https://nlets.org My First Year Working At Nlets https://nlets.org/resources/blog/my-first-year-working-nlets <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">My First Year Working At Nlets</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/firstyear.png?itok=Rn2nsJmN" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Olivia Paulson</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>My First Year Working At Nlets</strong></p> <p>As my first year at Nlets draws to a close, I sit here wondering how the last twelve months have flown by so fast. It’s truly been a whirlwind - moving across the country amid a global pandemic, watching words that first sounded like gibberish slowly start to take on meaning, and learning the real-world impact of an organization that I had previously never known existed.</p> <p>Like so many others in 2020, I’ve developed my relationships with coworkers primarily through a screen, and look forward to the days when small talk is a given, not something to be longed for. But when I look back on my first year at Nlets, I do so with an immense amount of gratitude. I feel lucky to have found not just such a stellar place to work, but to have landed in a place that has pushed me to grow not only as a professional employee but as an individual as well.</p> <p>When I first heard about Nlets in March of 2020, it was shortly after I’d been laid off due to the coronavirus crisis. At the time, I was primarily intent on finding a steady paycheck, but was also hoping to find a job that would allow me to make an impact on the world. That’s why, when I came across the job listing for Nlets and I realized that working there would be about more than making a profit, I felt significantly more drawn to the unfamiliar organization than many of the other more corporate positions I’d applied for.</p> <p>I’ll freely admit my initial interpretation of what Nlets did was entirely wrong (I thought it was the database for criminal justice information) – but what stood out to me was something that my interviewer said in the first phone call: Nlets works to save lives by getting the right information to the right place at the right time.</p> <p>Those words inspired me to accept the position as a Media &amp; Training Specialist in May of 2020.</p> <p>My first days (okay, months) on the job were a massive blur of words and acronyms that I couldn’t have explained in my dizziest daydreams. Being new to Nlets AND the criminal justice industry in general meant that even the most basic explanations were sometimes lost on me. I tried to keep a running list of the words I didn’t know, but to be honest, more slipped by me than I was able to write down. Everyone kept telling me that that was normal, and that I would get it eventually – but being a harsh critic on myself, I was constantly convinced that they would one day realize that I didn’t know something I was supposed to know, and then I’d be fired.</p> <p>I muddled through the first six months by attempting to take crazy amounts of notes in every meeting I attended (no, seriously, I have two <strong>full </strong>notebooks at this point) and making flashcards for any and every acronym I could track down. I kept hoping it would all just ‘click’ one day – but what actually happened was that eventually the gibberish phrases stopped being so scary, and I was able to stop freaking out enough to actually learn what they meant.</p> <p>But through it all – the one thing that stood out the most was the incredible company culture. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was willing to help me with any question I had. No one ever made me feel stupid for not knowing something. On top of that, I was offered opportunities to improve my skills through enrolling in classes and attending conferences. My boss offered me tasks that she knew would challenge me, and those opportunities ultimately taught me more than I ever could have guessed. Every interaction I had with the Nlets team made me realize that they all believed in me. I felt appreciated as both an employee and a person, and I slowly stopped believing I had to be a production machine and could instead be human and continue asking questions as long as I needed.</p> <p>And, of course, as all the wise Nlets employees had told me, I’ve slowly started to pick up the gist of the way most things work. I’m able to ask questions that I wouldn’t have even known how to ask just a few months ago, and even though I’m just dipping my toe into the massive amount of information about Nlets, I finally feel like my role in the organization is taking its shape.</p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:40:17 +0000 Anonymous 59 at https://nlets.org Nlets Statistics 101 https://nlets.org/resources/blog/nlets-statistics-101 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nlets Statistics 101</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image_thumb/public/2021-05/statistics101.png?itok=s6koNL-p" width="770" height="300" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image-thumb" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">June 6, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Matt Butler</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Nlets Statistics 101</strong></p> <p>You’ve probably heard Nlets staff share some very impressive statistics that pertain to how well we are performing. But we know that phrases like ‘uptime percentage’ and ‘roundtrip time’ can be very overwhelming if you’re not sure exactly what they mean.</p> <p>Today, we’re going to break down four key statistics: Network Uptime, System Uptime, Message Response Time, and Transactions by Year.</p> <p><strong>Our Measurement Model</strong></p> <p>To make sure our data is as accurate as possible, we express our performance statistics using the 5 nine’s model. In other words, we take the statistics out to the thousandths place. For Nlets, achieving 99.999% for the System and Network Uptime would mean only 5 minutes of downtime for the year. As you can see, using this model of measurement gives us granular control of the calculation to give us a precise amount of time that we were up and available.</p> <p><strong>Nlets Network vs Nlets System</strong></p> <p>Let’s start by defining the difference between the Nlets System and the Nlets Network. At a high level, all the traffic coming into Nlets comes in through the network to get to the System, otherwise known as the message switch. As the network and the system serve different functions, their performance is tracked separately.</p> <p><strong>Network Uptime vs System Uptime</strong></p> <p>When measuring <strong>Network Uptime</strong>, we are examining the effectiveness of the core Nlets communication infrastructure. This includes core routers and highly available network connections to our private Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) cloud; the private cloud that only Nlets devices have access to. In 2020, our Network Uptime was 99.975%. Nlets is able to maintain this up-time due to our end-device configuration. Each router contains an MPLS connection and a backup connection utilizing a VPN backup or a cellular connection.</p> <p>Our <strong>System Uptime</strong>, on the other hand, measures the effectiveness of our virtual machines and applications that our message switch uses to process messages. These servers and applications are critical to Nlets’ being able to process the messages that are sent from states, federal partners, and strategic partners. If any of these servers go down or become unresponsive, it could stall or even cease communication altogether. In 2020, our System Uptime was 99.981%.</p> <p>As you can see by the high percentages of Network Uptime and System Uptime, our Network and System were, and continue to be, highly effective.</p> <p><strong>Message Response Time</strong></p> <p>Another important statistic we track is known as the <strong>Message Response Time</strong>. This number is calculated by sending a query to a state and determining how long it takes to get a response. It is critical for us to keep this number as low as possible, because we want our officers in the field to get the information they need, when they need it. We are constantly working to keep the average response time as low as possible. In 2020, our Message Response Time was 1.79 seconds.</p> <p><strong>Transactions by Year</strong></p> <p>Another metric that we keep track of is our <strong>Transactions by Year</strong>. This is just a simple count of the messages that have traversed our network. Since we know which message types have been sent and who sent them, it is very easy for us to determine how many messages have been processed through our message switch and who the biggest senders are. In 2020, over 2.77 billion transactions traversed the Nlets network.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>So, we hope that reading this article today cleared up any confusion you might have about what some of the key Nlets statistics really mean. If you have any additional questions or would like us to explain anything in more detail, feel free to contact Matt Butler, Nlets Operations Services Manager, at <a href="mailto:mbutler@nlets.org">mbutler@nlets.org</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/general-nlets" hreflang="en">General Nlets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/resources/blog/tag/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 17:38:44 +0000 Anonymous 58 at https://nlets.org