Our Center, along with New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Superintendent Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes (ret.) and NJSP Program Development Specialist Shelly Lowe, were invited to the Opioid Technology Summit: Leveraging Technology to Address the Opioid Epidemic which was hosted by the Integrated Justice Information (IJIS) Institute in December 2017. Other partners included the National Narctoics Officers Association, the Police Foundation, and the National Fusion Center Association. Its purpose was “to provide an opportunity for government practitioners and industry experts to work together in exploring the intersection of public safety and public health, and how these diverse areas can come together to explore technology solutions addressing the opioid crisis.” COP Director Linda Tartaglia shared findings from the case study conducted on Utah’s Strategic Intelligence and Analysis Center (SIAC) that involved immigrant, drug, and human trafficking as part of the Information Sharing Initiative. Learn more here:


Partnering with the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute and the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), our Center worked to write several reports for Partner Engagement in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to support part of the statutory functions of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment. The COP helped conduct interviews with representatives from several fusion centers across the United States to understand the role information sharing plays in their agencies and to collect examples of how information sharing helped prevent or solve crimes. They also compared ongoing practices to plays outlined in the Information Sharing and Safeguarding (IS&S) Environment Playbook. Members of the COP also visited Utah’s Strategic Intelligence and Analysis Center (SIAC) to conduct a case study that involved information sharing in regards to immigration, drug, and human trafficking. Work on the Information Sharing Initiative concluded in September 2017, but our Center continues to share the research it did on this project and is always seek new opportunities involving information sharing within the public safety.


Our Center is proud to work with police departments local to our area. Recently, we have helped the Princeton Police Department (PPD) conduct data analysis of their CAD data on motor vehicles stops to help create an early warning system (EWS) and to conduct routine risk assessment. Analysis of data allows the PPD to not only examine how many people they stop, but also who they stop, when they stop them, and any patterns identified within their stop data. This kind of analysis can prevent police misconduct and allows the department to handle any issues before it can escalate into a worse situation.


Our Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by Motorola is a way for us to bring those in law enforcement, academic fields, and the community together to learn about and from each other. Recent lectures include “21st Century Urban Policing” given by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey and “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences” given by New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes (now retired) and NJSP Program Development Specialist Shelly Lowe. Our series aims to get the community involved with learning more about public safety and the agencies that protect them as well as let those within public safety learn from each other. Our next event will take place

Past lecturers include Dr. Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE); Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Commissioner; and William J. Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner.


The COP has a robust internship program which welcomes students from Rutgers to engage in internships for the fall, spring, and summer semester. Our interns come from various backgrounds including Information Technology, Communications, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. Past interns include Michael Zboray, who went on to work with the NYPD as an intelligence analyst, and Kathryn Duffy, who worked on the Rutgers University Homeland Security Fellowship where she traveled to Brussels to research addressing communication issues between law enforcement and vulnerable communities. We welcome both undergraduate and graduate Rutgers students to apply for our internships. Check back often for new internship opportunities and to learn about what our current interns are doing.


In 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program, which was created to provide financial assistance to address the unique equipment, training, planning, and exercise needs of large urban areas, and to assist them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect, respond, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism. In 2015, the Police Institute entered a contract with the Jersey City/Newark UASI Office of Management and Regional Integration (OMRI), which will be funded by DHS.

Initially, Newark was identified as the “Core/Principal City” with Jersey City later receiving this designation.  Additionally, based on DHS guidance and their high-risk high density populations, the area was expanded to include the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Union. It is the two core/principal cities and seven core counties that encompass what is known as the Jersey City/Newark UASI.

This UASI region represents only 15% of New Jersey’s total area, but more than 44% of the state’s total population. In addition, the area incorporates many core elements of New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure and is also dense with chemical manufacturing plants and other critical facilities. UASI is a partnership among state, county, and local governments and agencies.

You can learn more about UASI here:


the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)


The New Jersey Information Sharing Environment (NJ-ISE) initiative is designed to provide law enforcement, public safety, and private sector communities with the information they need to better understand their environments—including threats and hazards—and more appropriately allocate the resources at their disposal.

New Jersey’s “fusion center” is the state’s hub for intelligence and includes input and personnel from agencies such as the FBI, US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA; from regional partners such as the NYPD and neighboring State Police; from numerous state agencies; and from New Jersey’s county, municipal and non-governmental partners.

Through the fusion of information from multiple sources, the NJ-ISE unlocks information systems, making them accessible to trained analysts who then will be better able to develop a comprehensive picture on a local, state, regional and, even, national scale. This information then can be shared with field officers, investigators, and chief executives, enhancing the overall public safety efforts related to violence reduction, crime control, counterterrorism, and emergency operations.

Read more about what the Police Institute has been up to by looking at past newsletters.


the New Jersey Information Sharing Environment (NJ-ISE)