October 15, 2007 --- Knowledge Computing Corp. today announced that its award-winning COPLINK® solution suite will be deployed to support Los Angeles County law enforcement through the Regional Terrorism Information and Integration System (RTIIS) consortium. This follows on the heels of successful deployments with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and other major regional deployments in California. The announcement was made today in conjunction with the 114th Annual International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"COPLINK’s proven performance solving crimes and thwarting terrorism in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County to date, combined with its national footprint serving over 600 jurisdictions across the country offers the most compelling value proposition to law enforcement agencies with information sharing and intelligence led policing initiatives,” said Robert Griffin, CEO of Knowledge Computing Corp. “We are pleased to expand our support across Los Angeles and increase the county’s success in thwarting crime and terrorism with COPLINK’s tactical lead generation and actionable intelligence capabilities.”
"This initiative will speed the discovery process in criminal and terrorism investigations by discovering relationships and associations between criminal activity and suspects that would otherwise be difficult to detect,” said Commander John Radeleff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “This will help law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County get violent and repeat offenders off the street faster.” Radeleff continued, “In addition, the RTISS initiative will increase our ability to share information with other neighboring agencies to catch criminals who operate across multiple jurisdictions.”
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 - including 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 or often takes 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 45 public data sources from an assortment of disparate records management systems used by law enforcement agencies across the county. Los Angeles County is the most populous in the United States. Police departments contributing data include: Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Claremont, Culver City, Downey, Glendora, Long Beach, Monrovia, Palos Verdes, Pomona, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and West Covina.
Access to LA County’s RTIIS will be restricted based on individual user security clearance levels, and the sensitivity of the data itself based on strict policy protocols spelled out in a memorandum of understanding between participating agencies. COPLINK also creates a detailed audit trail for every search conducted. This serves two purposes. Officers seeking to question or obtain a warrant on suspects identified through COPLINK are able to clearly demonstrate with hard facts how that person fits the criminal profile and how others were excluded. The Systems Administrator is also able to monitor use for audit purposes to identify any abuse that would result in suspension of a user's access privileges under the privacy and use protocols established by RTIIS participants in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
COPLINK is currently deployed in major strategic deployments across California including: the Los Angeles Police Department; Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department: across Orange County through the Orange County Integrated Law and Justice (OCILJ) consortium of county police agencies, and across San Diego through the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) Network which supports federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across San Diego. Each COPLINK “node” within California is or will be linked to provide for cross jurisdictional information sharing and collaboration to solve crimes.
When COPLINK is used to create regional or statewide networks, each participating agency has real-time control over what data is shared, with whom and when. In addition, data continues to reside and be updated at its existing source, with automatic refresh mechanisms triggering updates within COPLINK. These safeguards help protect the integrity of the data and sensitive information while allowing for the creation of ad hoc regional task forces to address specific criminal activity.
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 600 jurisdictions nationwide spanning across 20 states, including four of the nation’s five largest cities, helping police officers fight crime, thwart terrorism and improve community safety. A powerful force multiplier, COPLINK is documented as conservatively providing a 14:1 investigative time advantage, reducing the time it takes to identify qualified suspects, thereby enabling law enforcement to keep more feet on the streets.
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-breed and most innovative IT projects undertaken by cities in the nation.
About Knowledge Computing Corporation
Knowledge Computing Corp. provides technology-based crime-fighting solutions to leading edge law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its critically-acclaimed COPLINK®, solution, 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: www.knowledgecc.com or www.coplink.com.