Deconfliction: Officer Safety and Investigative Coordination

Deconfliction: Officer Safety and Investigative Coordination
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-08-01
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Event deconfliction is crucial for officer safety, preventing operational clashes, and avoiding overlap in investigations. Thus, law enforcement professionals must learn the tools and develop policies to adopt this crucial step into their protocols. Kent Shaw will provide the basics of deconfliction, how it can be conducted, and its benefits in this presentation.

Kent is the Executive Director of the Western States Information Network (WSIN), part of the national Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS). He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, the majority of which was spent with the California Department of Justice. He is also Chair of the Nationwide Deconfliction Council and serves on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council.

Specifics of his discussion include:

  • An overview of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) and the services they provide.
  • The two principal types of deconfliction and the three deconfliction systems being used across the United States.
  • The major law enforcement associations and key entities in the criminal justice system and government endorsing the practice of deconfliction.
  • A video demonstrating the effects of not practicing deconfliction.
  • What event deconfliction is, the types of events it encompasses, and accessing the deconflicting systems for event deconflictions.
  • The process of event deconfliction – from the input of the operation to the notification and resolution of conflicts.
  • The benefits of and reasons to use event deconfliction.
  • The misconceptions and limitations on the use of the deconfliction systems.
  • A snapshot of the historical event conflict rate and how deconfliction systems are able to spot these.
  • The importance of doing event deconfliction regardless of the system used.
  • The different meetings, agreements, and entities formed to integrate the three systems to ensure a thorough event deconfliction process through the Partner Deconfliction Interface (PDI).
  • An overview of the deconflictions run through the PDI since January 2021 and the conflicts it has detected.
  • A brief look at target/investigative deconfliction – what it looks for in the system and how it helps with investigation.
  • Case examples that demonstrate the value of deconfliction.
  • What agencies should do to implement deconfliction as part of standard protocols, enforce it, and maximize its value.
  • A deconfliction model policy to adopt and customize so that agencies do not have start from scratch.
  • The development of the National Deconfliction Pointer System to support target/investigative deconfliction.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Federal or state agencies that mandate entry and reporting to the deconfliction systems.
  • Accessing Case Explorer, SAFETNet, and RISSSafe.
  • When operations should be posted into deconfliction systems.
  • The availability of similar technology outside of the US.
  • Pushback from leadership as it relates to how deconfliction tools may jeopardize sensitive investigations.
  • Entering operational information and interoperability with records management systems.
  • Getting non-law enforcement agencies to query the deconfliction systems.



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Audience Comments

  • “How important deconfliction is with interagency operations and investigations.” — Lisa
  • “Communication with other agencies where TRUST is the key component.” — Robert
  • “That it is possible for animal welfare agencies can access this system. Frequently, animal welfare issues are the tip of the iceberg for much larger criminal activity (the LINK), and ACOs/investigators are typically not trained to find themselves in this type of situation. Will definitely be in touch with the presenter to discuss.” — Jenne
  • “I was not aware this was happening, and this is really interesting information. Thank you!” — Kathleen
  • “I appreciated the stats, and showing which systems are predominately used in geographical areas. Helps to know the volume of usage and specific systems used. Great presentation.” — Michael
  • “The presenter’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge for this topic was WONDERFUL!!!” — Vivian




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