TOPEKA – (April 12, 2016) – A Kansas record-keeping system created for DUI-related offenses has received a national award from the National Information Exchange Model.
The Report and Police Impaired Drivers (RAPID) project seeks to improve the timeliness and accuracy of dispositions, and access to records related to DUI-related offenses in Kansas. The project was initiated by the DUI Commission, funded by the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee and executed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. There are several applications directly related to DUI prosecution that were either created or modified by the project. These applications are all either modifications of or additions to the suite of application available via the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System.
The new system links multiple databases together, making them searchable through one user interface. This allows prosecutors to see a defendant’s past DUI convictions without needing to search court records in multiple jurisdictions. A bill passed this year by the Kansas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback will allow the records produced from this search to be admissible as evidence in court.
“Kansas is one of the first states to ensure a uniform reporting of DUI-related offenses which will give prosecutors, law enforcement, judges and probation officers a tool to better keep track of DUI offenders,“ said Attorney General Schmidt. “The RAPID program is an excellent example of agencies working together across disciplines to enhance public safety.”
“The successful implementation of the RAPID project represents a significant step forward for the State of Kansas in the effective sharing of criminal justice information for the purpose of preventing crime and increasing the safety of our citizens, said KBI Director Kirk Thompson. “Working with our partners across many agencies, jurisdictions, and disciplines the Kansas Bureau of Investigation continues to look for opportunities to be a leader in providing these kinds of services and solutions.”
“This project will give prosecutors and court personnel timely access to information that will hold impaired drivers accountable for their actions,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King. “Working together, we have developed a project that will help reduce death and injury on Kansas roads.”
“This project is a great example of how information sharing and the ability to connect disparate systems across organizational boundaries works to keep local communities and our country safer," said Donna Roy, NIEM Executive Director. “States all over the country will be able to leverage the work done by Kansas.”
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations. NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data terms and definitions and repeatable processes.
The “Best of NIEM” award is an annual award that recognizes NIEM implementation projects that demonstrate how intergovernmental collaboration and innovative technology deliver results that improve performance, increase efficiency, and support government transparency. Recognition is given for recent advancements that have impacted the way government conducts business on a national or cross-boundary basis, and for achievements in efficiency through reuse of information exchanges.
Information about NIEM award winners can be found here: www.NIEM.gov .