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The Answer Is In Your Data. And It’s “No” Until You Ask.

November 15, 2012 by


This post covers some really basic stuff, but it’s fundamental to what we do, so I think it’s worth a review. You’ve probably heard of “big data”, which after “cloud” is the most over-used, God-awful buzz-phrase of the past couple of years. Basically, big data means aggregating and correlating very large sets of data and […]

The Top 5 Things Cops Must Do To Secure Their Networks. Now.

July 12, 2011 by


With word last week that yet another police agency has been hacked and its records placed online, and with word yesterday that 90,000 military emails and password hashes from the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton had been placed online (analysis here), and today that the mobile phone of London’s police chief was hacked, we at PLI […]

No, you probably don’t need a data warehouse – unless your initials are “NYPD”

July 11, 2011 by


A journalist working on a piece about some high-end technology [from a vendor whose name I can’t mention, but whose initials are IBM] being touted as saving the day at a large agency [I can’t reveal the agency, but its initials are NYPD] asked some questions about crime mapping, Compstat and crime analysis and I […]

LE Technology: Rocky DeStefano on Vendor (Mis)communications

July 7, 2011 by


Rocky DeStefano is friend of ours. A former Air Force intelligence guy, he found that his ability to envision order in fantastically huge datasets and articulate paths to sanity suited people well in such companies as ArcSight (which went public, then was taken private by HP), Decurity (which he sold to RSA), and NetWitness (which […]

Document Management, Dashcam Video: Day II at LEIM

June 15, 2011 by


I’ve had a bunch of highly interesting conversations with vendors yesterday and today at the 35th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Training Conference & Exposition.  For example, I’m starting to have a look at some of the technologies out there to clean up the document nightmare that exists between paper forms, records management system […]

Keeping It Simpler Than Simple – Selling to Cops Part III

May 19, 2011 by


In our agency (in the Dallas-Fort Worth area), all rookies have to do a stint in dispatch. Henderson served as a dispatcher for years and knew exactly what I was in for. He saw my reaction when I filled in my first DWI report. I made a late-life conversion into the cop thing — I […]

Law Enforcement Technology Must Play Nicely With Others.

May 18, 2011 by


This series of articles on law enforcement technology was written by Dave Henderson and Nick Selby and first published in CSO Online, the web version of CSO Magazine. We’re reprinting the four-part series here, starting with its introduction. For more on this subject see my presentation from Day 1 of the SMILE Conference; our PLI […]