LAPD deploys COPLINK(R) to support crime reduction, gang interdiction and counter-terrorism initiatives
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 16, 2006 -- Knowledge Computing Corp. announced today that the Los Angeles Police Department will deploy COPLINK(R) -- the proven tactical solution used by leading law enforcement agencies to solve and thwart crime in over 300 jurisdictions nationwide. The announcement was made at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Boston, MA.
LAPD is the third largest police department in the United States, with 9,300 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees charged with protecting citizens within the City of Los Angeles' 468 square miles. Funding for the project was made possible by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program.
"COPLINK's rapid national expansion continues to be fueled by leading law enforcement agencies like LAPD that are spearheading intelligence-lead policing efforts," said Robert Griffin, CEO of Knowledge Computing Corporation. "We are pleased to deliver one of the most powerful, end-to-end solutions available for generating tactical leads and actionable intelligence proven to help solve and thwart crime, gang activity and terrorism."
"Providing officers with effective tools for driving down crime, thwarting gang activity and countering terrorist threats is critical to sustaining and improving on the results we've already achieved in Los Angeles," said LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. "With COPLINK in our arsenal, LAPD will be able to combine the knowledge of our officers with powerful analytical, visualization and decision support tools to speed connecting suspects and associates with their crimes and getting them off the street faster."
LAPD is the fourth major COPLINK deployment in California, following successful deployments with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office (LASO); Orange County through the Orange County Integrated Law and Justice (OCILJ) consortium of police departments; and in San Diego for the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) consortium of 50 local, state and federal agencies. These agencies already work cooperatively together and are in the initial stages of exploring a more formal arrangement for information sharing through COPLINK to enhance crime fighting and counter-terrorism initiatives across the region.
COPLINK provides unparalleled analysis and decision support for rapidly identifying criminal suspects, relationships and patterns that help solve crime and thwart terrorism. Using a GJXDM compliant interface, it works by allowing vast quantities of structured and seemingly unrelated data, currently housed in various incompatible databases and records management systems, to be securely organized, consolidated and rapidly analyzed over a highly secure intranet-based platform.
One search using known or partial facts from an ongoing investigation can produce qualified leads that would otherwise be unapparent in seconds -- a process that prior to COPLINK was not possible at all or often took days or weeks to accomplish. Through sophisticated analytics, including powerful visualization tools, COPLINK builds "institutional memory," reduces knowledge gaps and prevents criminals from falling through the cracks.
COPLINK will be used for law enforcement purposes only, utilizing public data from four existing LAPD databases including: eight years of records housed in the computer-aided dispatch system; five years of field interviews system records; five years of records housed in the bookings information system; and ten years of citations database system records. Data will continue to reside and be updated at its existing source to protect the integrity of the data and sensitive information.
COPLINK first catapulted into the national spotlight for its proof of concept role following the Montgomery County, Maryland sniper investigation. Today, the solution is in use in over 300 jurisdictions nationwide from Tampa, Florida to Anaheim, California, helping police officers fight crime, thwart terrorism and improve community safety.
Winner of numerous awards, COPLINK was recognized twice by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for deployments in Tucson, Arizona and across the State of Alaska. The Center for Digital Government also recognized COPLINK as one of the best of the breed and most innovative IT projects undertaken by cities in the nation.
About Knowledge Computing Corporation
Knowledge Computing Corporation provides technology-based crime-fighting solutions to leading edge law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its critically-acclaimed product, COPLINK(R), in use since 1998, is based on knowledge management technology first prototyped by top-ranked researchers in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson through a grant by the National Institute of Justice. The technologies developed at Knowledge Computing Corporation have been tested and proven by law enforcement agencies around the country. For more information: http://www.knowledgecc.com or http://www.coplink.com.
Amy Smith, WhiteOak Communications
asmith (at) whiteoakcom.com
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