West Bank Epsilon-P Software Platform Project
Tetra Tech is supporting the development of a computerized information system and common database to facilitate sharing of security-related information by and cooperation among Palestinian Authority security agencies.
The Palestinian Authority has five agencies responsible for providing security functions, which makes managing daily operations, including force management, incident management, geographic information systems, human resources (HR), operations, logistics, finance, case management, and training unnecessarily difficult. Without the ability to share information on security and law enforcement activities across the West Bank, local security services are at a disadvantage. The U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) selected Tetra Tech to support the West Bank Epsilon-P Project, which is a law enforcement case management and information system initiative that aims to transform security operations in the West Bank.
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.Col. Suliman Abu Rub of the Palestinian Civil Police
For the first time, the five Palestinian Authority Security Forces agencies have agreed to share security-related information. Tetra Tech is helping develop a software platform, Epsilon-P, to facilitate information sharing and cooperation among the various security services in the West Bank. Epsilon-P is designed to improve participating security services' functions by helping them share information about the most significant criminal organizations operating in the region and supporting day-to-day law enforcement activities to reduce crime.
Since 2016 the Tetra Tech team has supported the implementation of this integrated operations software platform, which uses advanced data-sharing technology and comprises various management modules. The platform includes an HR module that enables a sixth agency, the Administration and Organization Commission and main body responsible for HR for the security agencies, to track key data about each member of the Palestinian Authority security forces, including service and training records and qualifications. Other modules include operations management used for reporting incidents, disseminating information as it becomes available, and providing a record of decisions for action and review.
The system includes a secure site, or “front porch,” to the platform that enables agencies in each jurisdiction to upload their own information. Epsilon-P functions as a tactical and analytical tool for officers, crime investigators, analysts, and strategic decision makers when populated with investigative and incident information from the various agencies. These capabilities enhance the investigative abilities of the various security agencies, ultimately reducing crime.
To help ensure Palestinian Authority security forces staff can maintain Epsilon-P, Tetra Tech also is providing specialized training to improve their skills and capabilities.