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JSAP's Informational Sharing Initiative

May 2017

Information Sharing Initiative for Palestinian Security Forces Yields Positive Results

Tetra Tech’s Justice Sector Assistance Project, funded by the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, has been supporting the Palestinian Authority Security Forces by developing Epsilon-P, a law enforcement information system that is promising to transform PASF operations. Through Epsilon-P, five PASF agencies – the Palestinian Civil Police, District Coordination Office, Civil Defense, Presidential Guard, and National Security Forces – plus another agency, the Administration and Organization Commission (AOC), have for the first time agreed to share security-related information. By signing the Epsilon-P charter, these agencies have committed to working together to improve security across the West Bank through information sharing.

An Executive Leadership Council now meets once a month to provide guidance and direction to the Tetra Tech-supported Epsilon-P software development team and to solicit feedback on the system from user groups in each agency. One of the first software modules, covering human resources (HR), will enable security services to share information electronically with the AOC which is the main body responsible for HR in the various security agencies. Another early module, on operations, will facilitate communication and coordination between the security services.

Col. Suliman Abu Rub of the Palestinian Civil Police, the elected Chairman of the Executive Leadership Council, remarked, “Epsilon-P’s strongest point is that it brought several security services together and unified the approach and vision of these services regarding adopting one [information technology] solution. This is a major step as it will unify the technology in all services which in turn will make data sharing very easy. Epsilon-P also provides a unified infrastructure which makes the development process easier and more cost effective.” To help ensure sustainability, Tetra Tech is providing specialized information technology training to improve staff skills and capabilities.