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Florida First State In Nation to create Statewide Counter Terrorism Database



March 22, 2002

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Florida First State In Nation to create Statewide Counter Terrorism Database

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Florida First in Nation to Create
Statewide Counter Terrorism Database
Tallahassee, Wednesday, January 02, 2002 --- On October 11th, 2001 Governor Bush signed Executive Order #2001-300 instructing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to establish a dedicated Florida Statewide Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism Database for use by all Florida law enforcement agencies. As a result, FDLE signed a contract with ACISS Systems, Inc. of Tallahassee, Florida to provide the database. In December, the Florida Legislature enacted a statute authorizing the database on a permanent basis within FDLE.

ACISS Web, , is an intelligence-tracking and reporting tool that allows agencies to enter terrorism information quickly and easily. Once entered, the information is available immediately to other agencies in the system.

"An operator in the Miami-Dade Police Department would enter information for example, from a phone tip regarding the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant. The Crystal River Police Department's response time would be cut considerably since they would see the tip immediately and be able to act on it" said Leonard Leedy of ACISS Systems, a retired St. Petersburg police officer.

Says Leedy, "Those authorized to access the database will have the ability to show the relationships between individuals involved in terrorism no matter where they are located in the state. Other relationships can also be established using the database. As a result, it will now be more difficult for terrorists to hide in Florida."

FDLE will share the Terrorist Database with trained and authorized users in approximately 400 law enforcement agencies statewide. The database became available to trained users on January 9th, 2002.

ACISS Systems, Inc. began working exclusively with law enforcement in 1985 and is based in Tallahassee, Florida. The company has a substantial track record in providing software services and solutions for investigative-type agencies.

For more information regarding ACISS Web, visit www.aciss.com or call 850-531-0900.

Lwleedy@aciss.com




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