All of this has changed with new technology that makes Case Content transparent across Agencies.
Here’s the deal.
Agency “A” has been tracking a group of bad guys, collecting information, consolidating this information in a Case file, connecting the dots. Elsewhere, State or Federal Agencies have also been busy collecting information, consolidating information in their individual Case files, and trying to connect the dots, on the same bad guys.
Don’t get the notion that these Agencies are able to seamless collaborate such that they are able to build Meta-Cases on bad guys and seamlessly share the data.
Unlike on TV where a crime is detected, Agencies collaborate, the case gets solved and the bad guys go to jail, all within one hour, in the real world of law enforcement, months/years can go by with little progress toward solving cases.
What if any law enforcement agency could engage a search at an e-crime hub where all available digital data, documents, spreadsheets, images, even video recordings relating to an area of focus could be accessed, examined, packaged, downloaded and made available at the agency within the environment of their choice?
Surely there are likely to be huge problems of contributing, consolidating, organizing and sharing of data?
Nope, a Case entity management system, a multi-entity free-form knowledgebase facility, plus generic data exchange software with secure data transport capabilities is about all that is needed to enhance connect-the-dots initiatives.
It’s unfortunate ideas take so long to get to where they can be used at a practical level.
Civerex was, during the mid-1990’s, a sole source supplier to DOJ/FBI in the area of profiling subjects involved in hostage, barricade and suicide critical incidents. Back then, we had some pretty good diagnostic algorithms but our “record management system” could only focus on one thing at a time.
Later on, we put together an international Terrorist Tracking database (TrackTerr™) that consolidated incidents, individuals, groups, countries, vessels. Each entity continued to have its own record system but you could consolidate data across multiple record systems in a free-form Knowledgebase and engage connect-the-dots searches across all entities. We never managed to get this initiative off the ground.
During the mid 2000’s I was invited to attend a Sheriff’s meeting on the West Coast where we showed participants an analysis of the Ward Weaver major crimes case using the CiverMind ™ crimes investigation software.
You can see a screenshot of the Case at the URL below. The demo was put together in one day based on nothing more than an article in the Oregonian.
Our software quickly reached the conclusion that the sniffer dog Klause was a main contributor in solving that case. I never met Klause but I hope he received a commendation.
Today, ten years later, we have a CA healthcare industry customer operating an e-clinical hub that allows participating member agencies to instantly access consolidations of patient clinic, hospital and lab test data. The range of data objects that can be exchanged includes unstructured digital data, documents, spreadsheets, images, even video recordings. The member agencies use different EMRs.
Hmmm . . . seems to me a few changes in nomenclature would make this software suite capable of consolidating major crimes case information and allowing this to be shared.
Too bad I did not have the software I have today, back in 2003. I expect I would have been able to connect-the-dots back then, have teamed up with Klause and retired to some island in the Caribbean.