California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) approves Microsoft Government Cloud services for Criminal Justice Information

Rochelle M. Eichner

California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) provides law enforcement and criminal justice agencies access to FBI and state Criminal Justice Information, along with the ability to communicate messages to other agencies within California, other states and Canada.  As the interface to criminal justice information systems, CLETS approval is required for access to critical, life-saving public safety information. Last week, CLETS approved the Chula Vista Police Department to utilize Azure and Microsoft Office 365 government cloud services for Criminal Justice Information. This approval allows law enforcement agencies throughout California the opportunity to meet the regulatory controls of the CJIS Security Policy while taking advantage of hyper-scale cloud computing.

As confirmed by Eric Wood, Chula Vista Police Technology Manager “We are excited at Chula Vista Police Department to have received approval from the CLETS Advisory Committee to utilize Microsoft Office 365 and Azure services in the Government Cloud to fulfill our agency’s critical public safety mission. We deeply appreciate Microsoft’s partnership, trust and transparency which have made it possible to meet the security requirements of the CJIS Security Policy for these new technologies.  We can now provide our personnel current tools that deliver capabilities, security and reliability which would otherwise be beyond our reach for on-premises solutions with limited staffing”.

As shown with our collaboration with Chula Vista Police Department, we at Microsoft see meeting the applicable regulatory controls of the CJIS Security Policy as a long-term commitment. We don’t consider it a checkbox, it is a commitment.

For additional implementation information, review the Microsoft CJIS Implementation Guidelines. This document provides guidelines and resources to assist criminal justice entities in implementing and utilizing Microsoft Government Cloud features.

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