Less than a year after joining a regional records management system that gives deputies access to reports of more than 40 police agencies, Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an alternative.
While there are potential benefits of the Portland-based Regional Justice Information Network, called RegJIN for short, Undersheriff Mike Cooke said that they don’t outweigh the many problems with the system.
“RegJIN is a disaster,” Cooke said. “The system is so needlessly complicated. … It’s really an unusable system.”
Switching off the system has its own ramifications — including ending a contract with Vancouver police that would result in a budget shortfall for the county.
When the agency learned about the RegJIN project years ago, they found the idea appealing from an investigative point of view. Criminals don’t pay attention to city, county or state boundary lines, so the system would allow law enforcement an easy way to share information.