DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is the latest to join a growing number of local, state, and federal agencies to use data mining to help solve crimes. The County Council approved the purchase of JSI, a system that says it can intercept data of any kind. Chairman Jason Davis was happy to vote yes.
"It's part of a Homeland Security effort to make sure that we are safe."
The technology is used by the FBI, ATF, and Department of Homeland Security. Gary Davidson with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office says it will be used in this county by the Volusia Bureau of Investigations for the major cases.
"Upper and mid level drug trafficking cases. They handle large scale vice crimes, so these are really big cases where technology is absolutely essential to effectively investigating these cases."
The Sheriff's Office would not detail each way the JSI would be used to protect investigative integrity, but did assure FOX 35 they would not use it for data mining or random searches. The protections were good enough to convince Chairman Davis citizens would be protected.
"Nobody's civil rights have been violated yet. So I think the Sheriff's very good about that, making sure everybody's rights are right where we need to be so we are good."
Spokesman Gary Davidson tells FOX 35 each time information would be investigation from the collection of data JSI is capable of, the Sheriff's Office will get a warrant or court order before searching that information.