Freeholder Chairman Daniel Sullivan announced today Union County will participate in the New Jersey Data Exchange Program (NJDEX), linking the Union County Police with 10 other local law enforcement agencies to a statewide system of police departments. Union County is the third county in the state to become part of the system, joining Bergen and Morris counties.

Using $400,000 in Federal and State Homeland Security funding, this program will enable communication between Union County Police, New jersey State Police and municipal police departments in the county. Besides the county police, those involved include: Elizabeth, Berkeley Heights, Roselle Park, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Roselle, Fanwood, Linden, Plainfield and Springfield.

Departments connected to the system will have access to crucial crime fighting information through their in-car mobile data computers. The Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management systems of these agencies will be upgraded and configured to extract and import live and real time criminal incident information into a central intelligence server hosted by the Union County Prosecutor's office. This information will be shared with law enforcement agencies in the NJDEX network. Information to be shared includes arrest records, outstanding warrants and incidents reports.

"Having this system in place gives our law enforcement personnel another tool to keep our residents safe," said Chairman Sullivan. "Immediate access to crime information and data will result in an enhanced ability of our law enforcement agencies to improve our efforts in serving and protecting our citizens."

Union County is high priority in New Jersey's homeland security strategy, having a large population density and close proximity to critical infrastructure sites.