March 28, 2013

Thomson Reuters Explores Growing Use of Technology in Predictive Policing

New technology helps police forecast crime hotspots, enhance public safety

EAGAN, MINN – Policing is experiencing a revolution. Technology is driving dramatic changes throughout the world of law enforcement enhancing the way police forecast, identify and investigate criminal activity.

In a new white paper by the Fraud Prevention and Investigation unit of Thomson Reuters, a major market police department inspector, a technology expert and a former FBI agent share their perspectives about the rise of predictive policing methods and powerful new technology that is being employed in the fight on crime.

The free white paper, titled “Technology Fuels New Advances and Challenges in Predictive Policing,” provides observations from leading experts about the use of sophisticated technology by police departments and law enforcement agencies across the United States and Canada, and the emergence of a new policing model called predictive policing, which enables law enforcement professionals to forecast criminal activity. To download the free white paper, visit:

“New technology combined with proven community policing methods is giving law enforcement agencies more precise data with which they can identify crime hotspots and enhance public safety,” said Andy Russell, vice president, Fraud Prevention and Investigations, Thomson Reuters. “This white paper highlights the growth of predictive policing and offers some observations about the opportunities and challenges that come with investing in new law enforcement technology.”

Among the technologies which law enforcement agencies are using is CLEAR®, a powerful, next generation investigative suite designed for law enforcement, government agencies, financial institutions, and corporate security organizations that need intelligent information about people and companies.

The CLEAR investigative suite makes investigative work easier by offering a complete source with live gateways, which provide real-time data for current and historical information on individuals and businesses. CLEAR features a robust collection of public and proprietary records, including real-time incarceration and arrest records with photo lineups, expanded criminal coverage, work affiliations data, and alerting functionality, to help close cases faster. Web Analytics, a feature within CLEAR, instantly searches and categorizes social network sites, blogs, news sites and watch lists within the deep web, while you run your public records search. Link charts and Google® Maps allow you to visualize data connections.

Thomson Reuters’ public and proprietary records can be integrated into an organization’s systems or searched via online platforms designed around how sworn personnel and security professionals conduct investigations. Large-volume batch capabilities and batch alerting functionality save time and provide data in an easy-to-access, useable format. The CLEAR investigative suite, in combination with other sophisticated law enforcement technology, can help law enforcement, government agencies, financial institutions and corporate security organizations identify and intercept individuals and organizations intent on participating in criminal activity; recover stolen funds, goods or identities; and increase public safety.

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