LAPD Deploys COPLINK(R) to Support Crime Reduction, Gang Interdiction and Counter-Terrorism Initiatives

    TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 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: www.knowledgecc.com or www.coplink.com.
     Media Contact:
     Amy Smith, WhiteOak Communications
     asmith (at) whiteoakcom.com
     (703) 200-8218
 
 

SOURCE Knowledge Computing Corporation

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