Wisconsin's District Attorney Information Technology (DA IT) program provides IT services and support to over 1300 customer users in all of Wisconsinís seventy-one state prosecutor (district attorney) offices. Because of this programís success, Wisconsin is proudly one of few states in the nation where state prosecutors enjoy a secure, centrally managed network, state-standard hardware and software, and a state-standard case management system with interfaces to key systems used by the courts and law enforcement.
With guidance from the Wisconsin District Attorney Association, DA IT works to ensure that DA offices have the right information at the right time and to bridge information gaps within the larger justice community.
Since its inception, participation in this program has been completely voluntary. Starting with the first DA office in 1996, DA IT technicians worked closely with IT specialists in each interested county to eventually transition all of Wisconsinís DA offices, one by one, from their ďtechnology islandí status to the state-wide DA Network. And over the years, our technicians continue to maintain and provide all of the on-going, bedrock benefits this shared environment provides.
Running on top of that stable environment, DA IT developers and analysts created and continue to enhance the PROTECT (PROsecutor TEchnology for Case Tracking) case management system to meet the changing needs of our customers, and the growing opportunities for data sharing among justice community partners.
Through it all, our help desk technicians and analysts provide on-going support, training and education that continually receives kudos from our customers.
To date this voluntary program has seen tremendous success. By 2004, all DA offices had come on to the state-wide DA Network, and in January 2014 the last DA office made the leap from their county-level case management system to the state-standard PROTECT system.