The United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Detroit and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are joining CLEMIS, a computer system that allows area law enforcement agencies to share fingerprints, booking photos and biological identification, among other data, of suspects they are investigating or have in custody.
When local police agencies arrest or detain a suspect, they now will be able to access information shared by ICE and CBP to determine whether that person is in the United States illegally. ICE and CBP will also access CLEMIS to determine whether any of their detainees have committed crimes while in the U.S. illegally.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for data sharing on the local, state, and federal levels,” said Novi Police Chief David Molloy, chairperson of the CLEMIS Advisory Board. “The CLEMIS network is a national model and one of the largest public safety consortiums in the country. I am proud to work with our federal partners in securing our borders and enhancing homeland security through data sharing.”
CLEMIS (which is an acronym for Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System) connects more than 200 law enforcement agencies in six counties in southeast Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb.
“CLEMIS is truly a regional success story,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “It began in Oakland County 30 years ago and has grown to become the largest crime-fighting network in the country, managed by Oakland County.”
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard agrees. “My department is the largest agency that uses CLEMIS. It is a vital tool in our efforts to combat criminal activity,” said Bouchard.
ICE and CBP together will pay a total of $56,000 a year to be a part of CLEMIS. The edge it will give them in protecting our borders, however, is priceless.
“The fluid exchange of information among law enforcement entities is a critical component to public safety and national security,” said Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Michigan and Ohio. “Our participation in CLEMIS significantly enhances our communication and data-sharing capabilities with our law enforcement partners.”