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How to Navigate a Human Trafficking Investigation

With an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time, human traffickers prey on adults and children of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, exploiting them for profit. The scope of this type of crime is broad – in fact, Polaris, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, has...
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How Can a Correctional Investigator Improve an Internal Investigation?

Lacking a system to properly triage cases, investigators can be left scrambling to prioritize both time and resources. We have previously discussed the critical need for a dedicated case management tool that supplements records management systems (RMS) and supports investigations. In this blog, we will explore Shotspotter Investigate as a...
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Information Sharing for Law Enforcement Databases

Investigators sift through massive amounts of data in their day-to-day operations and rely on information-sharing both within their own agency and across multiple agencies. Without access to enough information, finding and following up on the right leads would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. However, finding the...
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Cracking Down on Racketeering Activity with Investigate

Closely related to gangs are transnational organized crime (TOC) groups – also of major concern to the FBI –  involved in crimes across the spectrum from drug trafficking, murder, human trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, and more. These types of organized criminal enterprises tend to involve large groups of bad...
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Leveraging Crime Gun Intelligence Center Principles for More Effective Investigations

In an effort to solve this public health crisis,  the ATF established the concept of a crime gun intelligence center (CGIC) in 2016  to identify serial shooters, their sources of crime guns, disrupt criminal activity, and prevent gun violence. Now, 25 CGICs are strategically located across the nation, all operating...
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We Need to Talk About Police Officer Mental Health

While their employment makes them an obvious representative of government authority, enforcement, and power, police are also human beings. Over years of service, they are asked to not only enforce the law but make an endless number of judgment calls in volatile, pressure-filled situations by assessing risk and confronting trauma....
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Why It’s Time to Rethink Law Enforcement Investigations

Currently, most record management systems (RMS) are designed primarily for reporting incidents at the patrol level, and they lack the analytical capabilities and task management for law enforcement investigations that have greater complexity. Yet, most law enforcement departments are still primarily leveraging RMS for police operations, and ultimately losing key...