The Department of Justice, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative published an “Information Quality Program Guide” for justice agencies which encompasses a framework within which police agencies should strive to operate.
“Gathering and providing access to inaccurate information is not a public service; in fact, it can be a public and personal injustice. Justice information of the highest quality is the cornerstone for sound agency decision making and inspires trust in the justice system and entities that use that information. Information quality is specifically enumerated as an issue to be considered in the Fair Information Principles (FIPs), which assert that in order to be relevant and useful, information collected must be of high quality. This principle not only protects individuals, it is necessary for the proper and effective operation of the agency and minimizes waste and misuse of agency resources.”