Every day, the criminal justice system generates massive amounts of data. Much of this data is not available in clear, easily accessible formats, which limits the ability of agencies to use their own data to its full potential. Accessing data is the first key step in any visual analytics process. ICS provides criminal justice practitioners the ability to effortlessly access, integrate, analyze and visualize data, and then, clearly show the results as either interactive web pages or as figures in reports or papers. ICS, through the use of open data, open analytics and open visualization, makes criminal justice agencies more efficient, more effective, and more transparent. When citizens of a community perceive their local law enforcement entity as an efficient, effective and transparent organization, the agency will benefit from increased legitimacy and trust in the communities they serve.
Law enforcement data is traditionally housed in numerous separate databases known as Silos that often do not interface. Most off the shelf data merging programs, such as Tableau and I2, strictly limit criminal justice practitioners to the features and queries contained in their program. Additional queries can be developed but only at an additional cost, often substantial, to the requesting agency. ICS provides the ability to easily link disparate data sources so the data can be both easily accessed and clearly visualized. Queries can be custom written, and there are no restrictions on what can be queried. Most importantly ICS uses open source software providing flexible extension capabilities that can be customized for your internal needs.