Digitalization and technology’s transformation of policing and investigations within law enforcement agencies, like the LAPD, are no longer a myth, nor a projection for the future, nor are they exclusive to NCIS or James Bond flicks. Crunching big data isn’t just for businesses anymore, but rather a concrete, dynamic and progressive aspect of agents and investigators’ scrupulous clue collection process. And the data acquired from software that monitors and analyzes online and offline suspicious activities can help solve high risk cases exponentially faster. Big data policing isn’t a thing of the future, it’s here, it’s now, and it’s optimizing the ability for professionals in discreet operations to do much more than track down criminal activity. It’s empowered them with the capacity to actually prevent and reduce risk of crime and its irreversible damage to the public and individuals with the collection and correlation of clues.

Remember that age-old saying knowledge is power? In the case of crime and the arteries of communicational progress the internet has opened up to terrorist organizations, gangs, cyber crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking and so much more, revelation of clues is now possible faster, smarter and with hugely forceful impact. What was once two disconnected clues – a name and breakdown of a suspect’s appearance – are now effectively connected within one solution that can identify if these two individuals are indeed one or have any relation.

Real-time data collection and processing has now become a critical asset to policing agencies in the United States, the world’s standing predominant superpower. Software now has the ability to collect data from a range of law enforcement agencies’ existing sources, while also generating intelligent insights. With the use of machine learning algorithms, hardcore artificial intelligence, facial recognition technology, voice analysis, natural language processing and the most sophisticated of digital tools that integrate with existing systems, analysts and agents can work cooperatively to truly hence force and conquer. Making their moves as they happen, or before crime can come to fruition is the name of the game, and it’s growing –fast.

AI-powered web intelligence tools bring the age of big data policing to life, particularly in 2018 as social media use grows, and data privacy still dwindles on the back burner of platforms like Facebook, along with the dark web’s disappearing forums, blogs, marketplaces and more.

Big data policing is not a trend. It’s a solution to the tedious tasks of security and law enforcement organizations globally. Forget making sense of collected tidbits of data from a range of solutions. With seamlessly streamlined data collection using tools that analyze social media activity, online app communication and web presence of suspicious users and populations, the legend of big brother watching is no longer left for storybooks. It’s real, it’s proving to be a force to be reckoned with, and more powerful than ever.

With real-time data that’s produced, the call for real-time action could mean saving the lives of one or millions. When phone numbers, email addresses, head-shots, sited pics, medical records and physical clues and remnants are united within one big data solution, we are no longer speaking of a way of the future. We are living the future of investigation and it’s here and has all the leg room to evolve with the rise of crime, terror and the internet’s lightning speed development from one millisecond to the next.

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