Abstract For law enforcement department to be efficient; there has to be an efficient system of collection and storage of data. Proper coordination between various departments is also crucial. This paper is going to look into the differences between criminal justice information systems and police records management system. Introduction: Police agencies collect information from the public which in most cases range from crime reports to personal information.
Because of the nature of the collected information, it needs to be easily accessible, confidential and kept for a long period of time. This can only be possible through the use of current information systems such as the criminal justice information system and police record management: which have the potential to confidentially store information for longer periods of time. These two types of information systems are different from each other (Foster, 2005).
The criminal justice information system contains different types of information which have been collected and used in the criminal justice department. They may include probation or parole records, transcripts containing court testimony, records of state driving licenses, police service calls or information which has been privately gathered. This information helps in coming up with decisions in almost every level in the criminal justice procedure. This system enhances an efficient and secure access to criminal information (Foster, 2005).
While the police records management system contains information that has been gathered, organized and retained exclusively by police officers or police department. This system ensures that there is a centralized and integrated information system that can be relied on to store data and ensure efficiency within and outside the department. The system ensures that the police department can access important data, update or share from a central data base (Foster, 2005).
Despite the differences between the two systems, their main aim is to ensure that there is proper coordination within the criminal justice system to ensure that decisions made by the criminal justice department can be justified. Therefore, the two systems have to work together and support each other if efficiency is to be attained. References Foster, E. R. (2005). Police Technology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.