Data consolidation is an ever-changing challenge and a focus issue for any department, but managing the data does not need to be a nightmare. Creating a department intranet can make the consolidation more manageable, easier to control and simpler for the user to locate what is needed. Almost every sworn and non-sworn employee in the Contra Cost County sheriff's department and in departments nationwide has an Internet connection at home and is familiar with how to access information on a Web site. Intranets offer a similar access but offer department-specific information.
Sgt. Ralph Brown works for the Office of the Sheriff, Contra Costa County, California. He has 16 years of law enforcement experience with assignments in training, patrol, custody, special operations and technical services. He holds a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in Information Systems, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.