Operating under a long term Management Services Agreement (MSA) with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), a regional government authority directly supporting the 16 county region surrounding Dallas-Ft Worth, Forensic Logic has teamed with the NCTCOG in promoting the LEAP program as a statewide shared resource information technology initiative targeting all local government in the state of Texas. The NCTCOG has adventured out since to provide information services, in particular LEAP, to local governments throughout the United States of America and its territories in partnership with Forensic Logic, Inc.
LEAP Advisory Committee
The LEAP Advisory Committee is assembled to manage the governance of the LEAP program and to provide comfort to contributors and participants in the program. The Committee itself is governed by written Bylaws that require at least quarterly meetings of a maximum of 15 representative members. The members comprise a prestigious group of law enforcement executives representing local law enforcement and federal law enforcement. Nine representatives from local law enforcement agencies, including police departments and sheriff offices, serve rotating three year terms as Regular Members; and six Standing Members serve for annual terms and represent the US Department of Justice; the US Department of Homeland Security; the US DOJ Rural Law Enforcement program; University and Independent School District Police Agencies; the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff’s Association, respectively. Contribution of data to the LEAP program is governed by an information sharing Memorandum of Understanding between each contributing law enforcement agency and the LEAP program; and user subscription to the LEAP program is governed by a comprehensive written Manual of Administrative and Operational Guidelines.
Government ownership of a law enforcement data sharing and analysis program affords the program a number of benefits not available to vendors or private sector providers of services.
The two primary benefits include
(1) the ability for the government owner to enter into a contract (known as either a Memorandum of Understanding or an Interlocal Agreement) with another government entity without the need to go through a competitive bidding process; and secondly,
(2) the ability to enter into direct relationships with other government entities such as the FBI, US Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security or other law enforcement agencies which is often foreclosed to vendors and private sector participants.
In the case of LEAP, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), organized as a 501(c)3 agency owns the LEAP service, which is chartered to expand nationally into law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. http://www.nctcog.org/cs/leap/ Forensic Logic is the exclusive developer and operator of LEAP under a long term Master Services Agreement with NCTCOG.
The NCTCOG was established as an extension of the Texas state government by the Texas legislature to assist with regional issues and directly represents more than 6.5 million citizens in the 16 county area surrounding Dallas Texas. In addition to its regional government coordination activities, the NCTCOG has developed significant oversight expertise and administers the construction and development of more than $3 Billion of toll roads in its area as well as the national rollout of the LEAP program.