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(20 ILCS 2640/) Statewide Organized Gang Database Act.

20 ILCS 2640/1

    (20 ILCS 2640/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Statewide Organized Gang Database Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-932.)

20 ILCS 2640/5

    (20 ILCS 2640/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Department" means the Department of State Police.
    "Director" means the Director of State Police.
    "Organized gang" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 10 of the Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act.
    A "SWORD terminal" is an interactive computerized communication and processing unit that permits a direct on-line communication with the Department of State Police's central data repository, the Statewide Organized Gang Database (SWORD).
(Source: P.A. 87-932; 88-467.)

20 ILCS 2640/10

    (20 ILCS 2640/10)
    Sec. 10. Duties of the Department. The Department may:
    (a) provide a uniform reporting format for the entry of pertinent information regarding the report of an arrested organized gang member or organized gang affiliate into SWORD;
    (b) notify all law enforcement agencies that reports of arrested organized gang members or organized gang affiliates shall be entered into the database as soon as the minimum level of data specified by the Department is available to the reporting agency, and that no waiting period for the entry of that data exists;
    (c) develop and implement a policy for notifying law enforcement agencies of the emergence of new organized gangs, or the change of a name or other identifying sign by an existing organized gang;
    (d) compile and retain information regarding organized gangs and their members and affiliates, in a manner that allows the information to be used by law enforcement and other agencies, deemed appropriate by the Director, for investigative purposes;
    (e) compile and maintain a historic data repository relating to organized gangs and their members and affiliates in order to develop and improve techniques utilized by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of members and affiliates of organized gangs;
    (f) create a quality control program regarding confirmation of organized gang membership and organized gang affiliation data, timeliness and accuracy of information entered into SWORD, and performance audits of all entering agencies;
    (g) locate all law enforcement agencies that could, in the opinion of the Director, benefit from access to SWORD, and notify them of its existence; and
    (h) cooperate with all law enforcement agencies wishing to gain access to the SWORD system, and facilitate their entry into the system and their continued maintenance of access to it.
(Source: P.A. 87-932.)

20 ILCS 2640/15

    (20 ILCS 2640/15)
    Sec. 15. Duties of local law enforcement agencies. Local law enforcement agencies who are members of the SWORD system may:
    (a) after carrying out any arrest of any individual whom they believe to be a member or affiliate of an organized gang, create or update that individual's electronic file within the SWORD system; and
    (b) notify the prosecutor of the accused of the accused individual's gang membership or gang affiliate status.
(Source: P.A. 87-932.)

20 ILCS 2640/20

    (20 ILCS 2640/20)
    Sec. 20. Interstate compact on gang information.
    The Governor of this State is authorized to enter into a compact on behalf of this State with any of the states of the United States legally joining that compact in a form substantially as follows:
    This compact is entered into by the contracting States, signatories to this compact, with the consent of the Congress of the United States of America, granted by "An Act granting the consent of Congress to any two or more states to enter into agreements or compacts for cooperative effort and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime and for other purposes".
    The contracting States agree as follows:
        (1) The duly constituted judicial and administrative
authorities of a state that is a party to this compact may share information compiled by that state with another state that is a party to this compact concerning the names, addresses, arrest records, and conviction information of organized gang members and information concerning the activities of organized gangs.
        (2) A state that is a party to this compact may
establish an interactive computerized communication and processing unit that permits direct on-line communication with a computer network of another state that is a party to this compact and contains the information described in paragraph (1).
        (3) The Governor of each state may designate an
officer who, acting jointly with like officers of other contracting states, may promulgate rules and regulations deemed necessary to carry out more effectively the terms of this compact.
        (4) This compact shall become operative immediately
upon its ratification by any state as between it and any other state or states so ratifying. When ratified it shall have the full force and effect of law within that state. The form of ratification shall be in accordance with the laws of the ratifying state.
        (5) This compact shall continue in force and remain
binding upon each ratifying State until renounced by it. Renunciation of this compact shall be by the same authority that ratified it by giving a 6-month notice in writing to the other contracting states of its intention to withdraw from the compact.
(Source: P.A. 88-548, eff. 1-1-95.)