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Overview Edit

The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, which was created by Congress in 1974, is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. RISS serves more than 8,100 member law enforcement agencies in 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The program comprises six regional intelligence centers that are used to “share intelligence and coordinate efforts against criminal networks that operate in many locations across jurisdictional lines.”[1]

Typical targets of RISS activities are terrorism, drug trafficking, violent crime, cybercrime, gang activity, and organized criminal activities. The majority of the member agencies are at the municipal and county levels; however, more than 485 State agencies and more than 920 Federal agencies also participate. The Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are among the Federal agencies participating in the RISS program.

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  1. A detailed description of RISS is available here and here.

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