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When Efficiency Becomes Deadly

Jul 26, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology & Training
By David Kinaan

Distracted driving is a common term today. It's also a common practice. Despite laws regulating cell phone use while driving, we all see it everywhere we go. Driver’s texting, reading, talking—even playing games—on their phones, all while driving. We get frustrated behind them when the light turns green and they're not paying attention. We try to get around them as they weave down the road 10 mph under the speed limit. We laugh at them try... Full Article »

The Power of the Right Question

Jun 06, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Tech & Technology & Training
By Elijah Woodward

Anyone who’s been to five minutes of an interviewing or investigator’s school, or who has taken a shoplifting call, knows the power of asking the right questions. “Yes or no: Did you steal?” vs. “So tell me what happened today” are two different ways to phrase the same question, which will each probably yield totally different answers. The same is true online. In 2014 the FBI put out a document warning about advanced search techniqu... Full Article »

Global Influence & Persuasion:  Just a Click Away

May 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Tech & Technology
By Elijah Woodward

Do you know why at least twice in the last month, the Islamic State (ISIS) has posted the home addresses of various officers from multiple departments? Have you considered why in the last several years numerous Department of Defense (DoD) members have had their personal details posted online by these guys? One of the more interesting and unsung stories going on in our world at the moment has been the ISIS’s ability to identify, convert, and r... Full Article »

How to Bust Embezzlers

May 05, 2016 in Education & Patrol & Tech & Technology & Training

Last time around, we talked about how to organize financial data for an investigation. Let’s take those techniques and apply them to a specific type of investigation: embezzlement. Embezzlement: How It Works For our purposes, we are going to refer to embezzlement as a financial crime where somebody internal to an organization misappropriates money or goods that are entrusted in their care. That trust is what makes it such a unique monster. W... Full Article »

Swatting & Bomb Threats

May 02, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Tech & Technology
By Elijah Woodward

The idea of “trolling” is nothing new. It’s something we’ve all done, and those of you with children are especially familiar with the idea of someone trying to push your buttons just to see what you’ll do. Pretty entertaining, right? The idea of trolling is to draw out the fool by saying or doing something so outlandish, it’s blatantly obvious to any sane, level-headed observer that the statement or act is not serious. The point is t... Full Article »

Safer Police Vehicles

Apr 25, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Tech

Every year there are tens of thousands of collisions involving police officers. Many of the collisions result in an injury or death. Current police collision data only tracks fatalities, injuries and seatbelt usage. However, there's no record of how the officer was killed or injured in the collision. The frightening reality is that, more often than we realize, what causes the most bodily damage is the necessary equipment and accessories in the c... Full Article »

LPR Data Solves Ohio Triple Murder, in N.Y.C

Feb 25, 2016 in Tech

Whitehall Police Department used investigative software and commercial license plate reader (LPR) data to locate a vehicle associated with a triple homicide on August 19, resulting in an arrest of Daveron Minnis on August 25 by the New York City Police Department. [caption id="attachment_7999" align="alignright" width="361"] Stay tuned for an upcoming webcast on getting the most out of you LPR system, featuring Dale Stockton and Chief Scot ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Cincinnati Police Describe Shooting, as Hackers Threaten Dump

Feb 25, 2016 in Leadership & Tech & Technology
By Calibre Press

A "hacktivist" group Anonymous Anon Verdict announced in a video Sunday that it had released personal information of 52 Cincinnati Police Department employees, from Chief Eliot Isaac to rank-and-file officers. Cincinnati police Lt. Steve Saunders said that the department is investigating the situation to assess the risk to officers, establish if there has been a breach of their systems and find who is responsible. He said that it appears all... Full Article »

LPR: Preventing Problems & Making the Best of It

Feb 25, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology
By Dale Stockton

License plate reader (LPR) technology has definitely been a game-changer for law enforcement, proving invaluable in both patrol and investigative efforts. When combined with effective analytics, LPR is capable of ferreting out suspects in crime series and closing previously unworkable cases. However, as noted in a previous article on LPR, the technology has been in the crosshairs of civil liberty advocates who claim LPR is unnecessarily invasive ... Full Article »

Cheating: The New Standard?

Feb 23, 2016 in Tech & Technology & Training
By Elijah Woodward

I’m about to cheat. Yes, I’m a terrible cheater. I just told right up front I’m going to cheat. But just watch, I’m going to break an inherent rule you trust, right in front of you. Out of a regular set of 52 cards, pick your favorite card. Go ahead, say it to yourself. How impressed would you be if your card popped up on screen when you click the button down here? You’d buy me a drink? Deal. Ok, let’s call the bet. Click here ... Full Article »

The FOP Breach: Reading Between the Lines

Feb 04, 2016 in Patrol & Tech & Technology & Training
By Elijah Woodward

Thomas White has recently taken to posting some more information about the FOP Breach. Mainly taking quotes from FOP President Chuck Canterbury and using them against Mr. Canterbury. Mr. White has posted some of these quotes, along with responses, and these are leading us to some early clues as to how the breach may have happened. I’ve pulled a number of them from his site, and he refers to them as “myths.” “Myth 4: A 0-day was used” ... Full Article »

FOP Data Breach Is No Joke

Feb 01, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Tech & Technology & Training
By Elijah Woodward

[Author’s Note: I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with this investigation. Any discussion of time frames or investigative procedure is based purely on openly available information.] Here's what we know. On January 28, 2016, an online actor known as TheCthulhu posted what he claimed was the initial data set of a large amount of data from the national Fraternal Order of Police website. According to Cthulhu, this is just the beginning. ... Full Article »

Barriers to Officer-Worn Video: The 10% Challenge

Jan 27, 2016 in Leadership & Tech & Technology
By Nick Selby

As the nation begins to look seriously at ways to gain transparency into the actions of its police and hold them accountable, officer-worn video (or “bodycams”) have become really tempting. After all, we’ve all seen in countless videos on YouTube the raw power of being the fly on the wall. All of us already have video cameras today—on our phones. These cameras can be applied in a truly revolutionary way to help answer lots of questions. A... Full Article »

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