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
"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
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
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.
Amy Smith, WhiteOak Communications
asmith (at) whiteoakcom.com
SOURCE Knowledge Computing Corporation