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Police unveil LEAP intelligence-sharing program

Suffolk County police and Westhampton Beach police unveiled a new intelligence-sharing program on Monday.

The Suffolk County Law Enforcement Access Portal, or LEAP, provides county law enforcement with streamlined access to criminal justice information.

Suffolk police rolled out the program earlier this year, and now hope to share it with other police departments throughout the area, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said in an interview.

“The officer on the street will have access to this information at his fingertips,” Sini said, calling the system “very user friendly.”

The arrangement with Westhampton is a pilot program, Sini said. If successful, the department hopes to use it with other police forces.

Available information on LEAP includes arrest records, crime patterns, training videos, and a license plate reader database.

LEAP was designed by county police informational technology staff. Westhampton police first began using the portal two months ago.

The goal is to “facilitate the sharing of information between all law enforcement agencies within Suffolk County in an effort to benefit police investigations,” according to a news release.

Sini and Westhampton Beach Police Chief Trevor Gonce along with Suffolk County Legis. Bridget Fleming (D-Southampton) unveiled the program on Monday.

Sini said the program combines two of his priorities as head of the department: greater use of technology and more cooperation with other police departments.

With Christine Chung

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