Automation in Warrant Management

Automation can greatly improve the accuracy and timeliness of data sharing. Effective automation relies on sound design, a neutral robust architecture, and a thorough understanding of business requirements. Technologies have matured, making the exchange of data more reliable and economical. Information sharing standards ensure data exchanged is semantically equivalent.

Design

Two design approaches have proven effective in automating some or all of the warrant process:

Integrated Warrant Management  A single solution for requesting, authoring, issuing, and executing warrants.
Warrant Workflow  Using legacy systems to perform certain functions and exchanging data with other partners to complete the warrant processes and functions.

Architecture

A common technology infrastructure simplifies information sharing in automated data exchanges. Information sharing standards are well established and championed by the justice community:

Global Reference Architecture
GRA defines how data is shared.
National Information Exchange Model NIEM defines how data is defined and structured in a common, shareable format.

Operations

Stakeholders must recognize the impact of their business operations on other stakeholders, even as information sharing capabilities evolve and mature (see Architecture). Each discipline within the justice system has a distinct mission with unique systems designed to meet their core business needs. Justice partners must align their business and data sharing requirements with those of other authoritative systems, e.g., the state and federal Wanted person System.