NEMESIS would not have proven possible without the assistance and support of CRIMNET. Since 2002, NEMESIS has received three very valuable local planning and implementation grants, matched with local funds and in-kind efforts that have resulted in a comprehensive shared and integrated criminal justice collaborative in the state of Minnesota Arrowhead Region of northeastern Minnesota.
CRIMNET provided a $50,000 grant to St. Louis County, matched by $50,000 from the County for regional planning purposes. The St. Louis County Sheriff; Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor Police Departments and UMD Campus Police used the matching funds and a significant in-kind effort to commence an ambitious project to be called NEMESIS, the North East Minnesota Enforcement and Safety Information System.
The following steps were accomplished during the first planning phase of CRIMNET:
- Completed total requirements analysis for new law enforcement system
- Identified interfaces and means of integrating systems
- Contracted with Constellation Justice System to obtain complete technical design for law enforcement system and interfaces
- Installed Constellation Justice System's DAMION Prosecutor in regional prosecutor's offices
The second CRIMNET grant provided $800,000, matched by the five NEMESIS partners with $540,000 in cash and $260,000 of in-kind effort. The following items were accomplished as a result of the implementation grant:
- Installation and purchase of necessary hardware and software
- Conversion of data
- Completion of SHIELD Law Enforcement application
- Horizontal and vertical interfaces
- Initial SHIELD training
ADDITIONAL IMPLEMENTATION GRANT
The third grant from CRIMNET was in the amount of $140,000. It provided the spark for region-wide participation by making training and data conversion possible and substantially improving the integration and sharing environment. As a result, the original five law enforcement agencies and prosecutors were joined by 14 more law enforcement agencies, six jail and corrections agencies and multiple 911/CAD agencies. A landmark cooperative effort had come to fruition.
St. Louis County has solely funded a state of the art jail management system that is tightly integrated with the SHIELD Law Enforcement application and several related interfaces. The system is complete and in production.
NEMESIS REGIONAL 911 COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH PROJECT
In 2004, St. Louis County pursued a federal appropriation from Congress to provide a state of the art, regional 911 Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to be used by multiple counties. With the assistance of United States Senators Norm Coleman and Mark Dayton and United States Congressman James Oberstar, St. Louis County was fortunate enough to receive the $937,000 federal appropriation to be administered through a grant managed by the Bureau of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
In 2005, St. Louis County, along with representatives from Cook, Carlton, Lake and Koochiching County Sheriff's Offices, developed an extensive Request for Information (RFI), reviewed 14 proposals and attended several vendor demonstrations. Tiburon Inc. was chosen as the vendor.
St. Louis County engaged in extensive negotiations with the vendor and in the summer of 2006 executed an agreement to provide this state-of-the-art, regional 911 CAD solution. A very important facet of the negotiated contract with Tiburon Inc. was that it allowed for the low cost regional expansion of the CAD system to any counties within the Regional II Sheriff's Association interested in participating in this effort. Aitkin, Cass, Pine, Itasca, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Kanebec were eligible for participation without separate contracting. Pine County indicated that they wished to to participate in the NEMESIS 911 CAD System.
Kevin Kivisto of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Kevin Huff of Tiburon Inc. were the project managers for the respective parties. A project schedule was established and business practice review was completed.
The selection and negotiation process was a collaborative effort. Region Sheriffs wish to thank St. Louis County Land Department (Tom Zeisler), St. Louis County Planning Department (Darron Jablonsky, Bruce Grohn and Brian Toivonen), St. Louis County Attorney's Office (Michael Dean and Tom Stanley), and St. Louis County MIS Department (Marv Bodie and Wendy Hallfrisch) for their substantial assistance in making this project possible.
Thanks to the efforts of the criminal justice community in Northeastern Minnesota and CRIMNET, a robust sharing and integrated environment has been established to serve the public, meeting the CRIMNET vision:
"Putting the right information in the hands of the right people, at the right time in the right place."