Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange Forum: Join this industry consultation on public safety data interoperability standards development
November 15, 2011

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Join this industry consultation on public safety data interoperability standards development

OTTAWA - In partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and the Centre for Security Sciences, CATAAlliance is pleased to host a Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange Forum on the implementation of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) following CITIG's Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Forum.

Join NIEM's Canadian Team, including: Chief Superintendent Robert Morrison, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Staff Sergeant Steven K. Young, Edmonton Police Service; Shawn Rehill, Enterprise Architect, Edmonton Police Service; Jay K. Shah, Technical Advisor Interoperability and Enterprise Architecture, Public Safety Canada; and Michel Savoie, Systems Integrations Manager NHQ - Biometrics Project Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, among others, to offer input and feedback into these early stages of standards development.

Canadian vendors, developers and implementers, as well as law enforcement stakeholders, are invited to participate in this interactive Forum on Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8th. Please register using the link below as soon as possible as seats are limited.


Within law enforcement, information is constantly used to make decisions in real time. Just as crime and suspects are not bound by jurisdictional lines, neither should the information required to deal with it. Analysts and investigators must work in collaboration and have access to information for analysis.

"The current approach for information sharing is single point to point integrations. It is time-consuming, inefficient and costly," says Steve Young, Staff Sergeant, Edmonton Police Service. "The process needs to evolve into a system with true interoperability and 'plug & play' data sharing."

NIEM is the foundational language for the evolution of information exchange in Canada. The Canadian government has adopted the NIEM standard to enable the evolution towards data interoperability. Law enforcement agencies within Canada are now taking the next step by developing a standard exchange to enable dispatch systems, records management systems, and national law enforcement information repositories to be interoperable both nationally and internationally.

Initiated and guided by Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Informatics, the development and management of the Standard is now an RCMP-led partnership to develop and implement a Canadian data exchange standard.

The following principles are serving to guide the standard development:
  • Modeling the required exchanges based upon existing computer aided dispatch (CAD) & record management systems (RMS) within Canada, as well as the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) and the Police Information Portal (PIP).
  • Aligning with existing American interoperable exchanges by aligning with existing exchanges such as N-DEX (FBI) and Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR).
  • Aligning with other non-American interoperable exchanges (e.g. Europol) for a consistent and international solution.
  • Ensuring the evolution of our exchange with the NIEM standard, by aligning our efforts with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and participating in the NIEM governance body.
NIEM's Canadian Team and representatives from CPIC will also be participating in this important session.

Objectives of the forum are to provide updates on the strategy and progress, obtain feedback on the standard development approach and map timelines.

The forum will:
  • Review NIEM and other foundational pieces (e.g. LEXS)
  • Provide feedback on the proposed exchange messages
  • Review the proposed compliance to the Canadian Law Enforcement Information Exchange
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*Please note that there is a small fee of $50 (plus HST) for CATA members and $75 (plus HST) for non-members to attend. This fee includes a networking lunch.

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