GIPD Works to Share Information With Other Agencies Through State-Run Database


Grand Island is set to be the latest community to join a state-run database connecting criminal records.

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to be named on a Crime Commission grant that would make it happen.

"We can start sharing this information better," said GIPD Chief Steve Lamken.

Lamken said eventually the database could allow officers to access criminal records from across the state with the click of a mouse.

"At 2:30 on a Sunday morning, if you needed to find out reports from Lexington or something, you could go on that database and pull that up and get it without trying to find somebody to help you out," he said.

Lamken said it could speed up arrests and connect suspects to crimes outside a jurisdiction.

"We have found through another program we share in this region that our criminals and our people who are committing crimes don't stay in Grand Island or any other city -- they move around," he said.

By connecting to the statewide program other agencies will have access to GIPD's gang database, which currently has 375 people in it. Lamken said less than half of those are active gang-members currently living in Grand Island.

"We can benefit. Other agencies can benefit," he said.

Some already agencies already have.

"This is something the state's been working on, the Fusion Center's been working on. The State Patrol, Omaha, Lincoln and North Platte [Police] are the only agencies on it right now," said Lamken.

He said ultimately the goal is to get most agencies in the state on the database.

NTV's calls to the State Fusion Center, otherwise known as Nebraska Information Analysis Center, were not returned Tuesday.

Lamken said the $30,000 grant to the Nebraska State Patrol should be finalized in July. GIPD will be listed as a subgrantee.

That money will be paid to Spillman Inc., which will be used to develop the interface between the two report systems.