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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 […]

IACA Spring Symposium: Lessons from the World of Intelligence in the Commercial Enterprise

April 27, 2011 by


I’m really excited to be doing a training session today for the International Association of Crime Analysts at its Spring Symposium here in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose of the talk is to present police crime analysts with detailed information about how private enterprises, particularly those in the financial services, energy and manufacturing sectors – view […]

PLI Podcast: Chief Brandon Perkins

April 27, 2011 by


Chief Brandon Perkins of the Tyrone, GA police department first came to our attention when he told Nixl – a free text and email alert service – to go jump in a lake, after Nixle changed its business model and started charging $3000 a year. Listen to the Podcast | Listen on iTunes Perkins said that […]

Intel Intelligencer Part II: Asset Forfeiture as Intel Funding Source

April 26, 2011 by


In Part I of this two-part Intel Intelligencer, I talked about how our two–part article and podcast with Patrick Ryder of the Nassau County Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit sparked an interesting online debate. Sadly, the debate took place on another online forum, depriving Police-Led Intelligence of the traffic that it would have […]

Building A Law Enforcement Intelligence Operation Center, Part II

April 13, 2011 by


In Part I of this article and podcast, we spoke with Patrick Ryder, the commanding officer of the asset forfeiture and intelligence division of the Nassau County, NY Police Department. Paddy is back this week for Part II of the podcast. Download via iTunes here | Download this podcast For the past 11 years, Paddy […]

The Week That Was: 28 March-1 April 2011

April 5, 2011 by


Our second week saw two new podcasts, Part III of a two-part series on interviewing and intelligence, links to some great new works on intel from a variety of sources, and, in the metric of the week, some interesting new data on NFL football, upset victories and family violence. Also, we launched another podcast – […]

The Intel Intelligencer: LE, Counter-Terror and Homeland Security

April 4, 2011 by


The Intel Intelligencer this week looks at a paper which is not new – drafts of this have been circulating since December, 2010 – but is important as it addresses the important question of how we as law enforcement crime and intelligence analysis view our role in defending the homeland. It is equally important reading […]

The Week That Was: 21-27 March 2011

March 27, 2011 by


In our first full week of official publication, the Police-Led Intelligence blog and podcast was pretty busy. We appreciate the traffic, the thousands of visits and the comments – keep them coming! This coming week is shaping up to have some excellent content as well – please keep coming back, and do tell your friends. […]

Nationwide SAR Initiative

March 25, 2011 by


Yesterday I wrote about the need for officers to write down stuff that they thought was important, trying to formalize ways to tap into the bounteous harvest of HUMINT that is the police force at large. Today, Libby Stengel over at GroupIntel wrote an excellent post about this very topic. In her post, Stengel discusses […]