Steve Winkler, Partner (Technology Solutions)
Recently, a large federal law enforcement agency was facing the overwhelming task of migrating millions of records to a modernized system. Having accrued data in the legacy system for over 30 years, the government was unsure about the quality and reliability of the data. The government was also in search of modern law enforcement case management capabilities and wanted to provide its investigators with access to a broad set of information across the law enforcement ecosystem. A wide range of data existed within the agency and in other federal, state, and local law-enforcement systems, which was highly valuable to investigators working their cases. However, the government had consistently struggled to bring together this data in a meaningful way due to the variety of data formats, underlying technologies and the limited methodsWW required to access the data electronically.
The government turned to Virginia-based INTEGRITYOne Partners (IOP) who methodically built the tools used to migrate legacy data into the modernized system, mitigating redundant data entry inefficiencies, data integrity and reporting issues, and enabling agents to pick up where they left off with their casework in the legacy system. IOP’s custom data synchronization mechanisms pulled records in near-real time from multiple databases in support of a seamless and low-risk deployment offering minimal operational downtime. These tools are also being used to gather investigative information in real time across a spectrum of law enforcement data sources. IOP played a significant role in comprehending, collecting, and enhancing large amounts of antiquated information. The company also formed a connection between the government and partner agencies that facilitated and streamlined technology and mission information sharing.
“We create a veritable one-stop shop for investigative case data and investigative subject information across the federal, state, and local law enforcement domains,” stated Steve Winkler, Partner at IOP. This solution reduces the IT and operational burden borne by law enforcement professionals, allowing them to concentrate on their core mission functions. The capability to interpret the information associated with investigative cases, track subjects and support agents’ analysis gives IOP a major advantage over other players in the market by allowing the company to create a consolidated view of investigative data and a means of pulling the data together, regardless of the source.
The ability to tackle the most complex and daunting IT challenges in the law enforcement space is what differentiates IOP from its competitors. Combining the information from disparate sources for investigation purposes, IOP acquires, migrates, cleanses, validates, and improves massive amounts of existing information allowing its clients to analyze the data quickly and thoroughly. The law enforcement landscape consists of a vast number of distinct IT platforms, corresponding databases and different ways to access needed information. IOP is focused on making the solution to this problem as simple as possible for modern investigators. Working with many government agencies has enabled IOP to build an extensive information sharing network, which spans a wide range of protocols, ontologies, and information sources prevailing in the industry.
Combining the information from disparate sources for investigation purposes, IOP acquires, migrates, cleanses, validates, and improves massive amounts of existing information allowing its clients to analyze the data quickly and thoroughly
IOP provides technological know-how and expertise to law enforcement projects but does not believe its success is rooted solely in this experience. Rather, IOP credits their alignment with – and knowledge of – a client’s mission as key to success in technically challenging projects. Having supported the two largest investigative organizations in the federal government for nearly two decades, IOP intuitively understands the challenges they face. Beyond investigations, IOP draws on its expertise supporting the wide range of law enforcement needs, with experience in detention management, judicial support, intelligence gathering and dissemination, and information sharing. IOP’s innate understanding of the law enforcement mission separates them from other technology providers.
Over the years, IOP has worked extensively with AWS, IBM, Docker, Microsoft, Oracle, and Red Hat and made significant investments in training its personnel in these technologies to provide the maximum value for its clients. In addition, the company has made substantial use of viable and mature open-source technology stacks to implement scalable and reliable solutions for government agencies to minimize infrastructure and licensing costs. As a learning organization, IOP is relentlessly adding to its knowledge base and capabilities so it can solve its clients’ toughest problems and help them achieve their technological goals.
With cloud technologies proliferating across the federal government and the promise of efficiencies and improved mission effectiveness, IOP is helping its law enforcement clients move capabilities, systems and data to the cloud. Because of their demonstrated expertise, relentless pursuit of new competencies, and deep domain experience, IOP was selected to lead multiple proof-of-concept projects and be among the first to build cloud-native applications for their clients. These projects have proven the use of leading technologies in the constrained law enforcement environment and their ability to improve mission effectiveness while reducing costs. IOP is confident its law enforcement focus and ability to bring the best tools and capabilities will allow it to continue supporting the law enforcement community for decades to come.
Furthermore, with the rise of cloud adoption, security has taken on even greater importance due to the increased possibility of data loss, lagging monitoring of new infrastructure assets, and immaturity of vendor and government cloud technical knowledge. Once again, IOP finds itself at the forefront of helping agencies maximize return on investment and strengthening their IT security. Supporting cloud migrations in multiple agencies brings new technological and organizational challenges. IOP’s close partnerships with AWS, Docker, and Microsoft along with its deep expertise in DevSecOps implementation allows it to engineer solutions with security built in to cloud solutions from the start, rather than bolted on at the end. Moving ahead, the company aims to expand its already-meaningful cloud footprint and add increased capabilities in the analytics space.