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5 Reasons to Visit PublicEngines in Booth 347 at IACP 2013

The countdown to IACP 2013 is on. With merely 11 days before the exhibit begins as of this writing, I’m sure you’re brimming with excitement to visit with old friends, find a few new products to take home with you, snag a cheese steak, and of course Chiefs Night. Last year in San Diego was a blast as the entire Gas Lamp District was closed down for the show attendees. The association brought in food vendors, musicians, street performers, DJs, and arial artists for a little R&R time.

But you don’t have to wait for night two to get the show started right. Join PublicEngines at booth 347 to see what many are sure to be talking about when the show is over.

Here’s 5 Reasons To Visit Us Starting On Day 1:

  1. The NFL -  You read that right. We’re streaming the games live on Sunday in stunning HD on a big screen. Why? Because nobody is happy about missing their team’s game. Don’t settle for highlights. Take a plop down on one of our couches and catch all the action.
  2. Snacks - Because you can’t watch football without them! Now we aren’t talking wings or brats, but we’ll definitely have a cure for your case of the munchies.
  3. Daily Raffle - On Sunday and Monday at 2:30 pm and Tuesday at 11 am we’re hosting the mother of all raffles. Come by to win iPads, wireless speakers, tactical pens from Smith and Wesson, or a Google Nexus 7 tablet. Plus, on Tuesday we’re giving away the grand prize that includes our Tactical (and technical) Goodie Bag. You’ll love what’s inside. Prior to each raffle will be a brief overview of CommandCentral Predictive  - our newest and the most technologically advanced predictive analytics tool on the market. Attending this will earn you one raffle ticket. Get a demo of one of our other products earlier in the day to earn more tickets and of course more chances to win.
  4. FREE CrimeReports – That’s right, the online crime map that started it all is now totally and completely free to local law enforcement agencies – forever. Come on by to see how to get your agency on the largest and most widely used, ad-free crime map in the world. CrimeReports is the perfect community engagement tool that allows citizens to view local crime on a map, register for automatic email updates, and even submit anonymous tips about crime.
  5. Predictive Analytics - Predictive analytics is the hottest topic sweeping the technology circuit in law enforcement communities everywhere. The problem is, many confuse it with tools that allow you to engage in predictive policing initiatives. And while predictive policing is still important and relevant, predictive analytics is very different — think of it as the next level. Imagine a tool that provides daily crime predictions – including type, date, time, and location – automatically and with the ability to deliver reports directly to officer email inboxes. That’s what we’re showcasing this year. The ultimate tool for agencies looking to lower crime amongst slashed budgets and strained resources. This tool – CommandCentral Predictive – is THE game changer in the industry.

So, while you have many choices among booths to visit and classes to attend this year at IACP 2013, you don’t want to miss visiting the PublicEngines booth #347, early and often. In fact, if you come by, tell us you read this blog and we’ll give you an extra raffle ticket for that day’s drawing!

“Why Intelligence-Led Policing? The Answer”

This is part two of a multi-part series on Intelligence-Led Policing written by Detective Daniel Seals of the Covington, GA Police Department. Stay tuned each Thursday for a new entry.

Why Intelligence-Led Policing 

Well, because you are probably already doing it and just don’t realize it. Ask any of your veteran officers, “where are our highest crime areas?”or “who do we deal with the most?” They’ll all have answers for you, and they’ll all sound pretty similar. This is what Intelligence-Led Policing is all about though — taking the information you already have and doing something useful with it. That last part is usually the gap in most departments; doing something with it. Officers have actionable intelligence, but rarely do they put it to use or share it with other officers and command staff. There is for a multitude of reasons. For instance, officers are told; “stay in your zone/beat”, “drive around and make sure the public sees you”, “don’t get in to anything so you can answer your calls.” These are all generally good tenants of policing, but they don’t allow for an intelligence-led, focused way of policing.

Focus on High Crime Areas

If you know where your crime is generally and where it isn’t generally, then why not focus your patrols in the areas where crime is? This sounds pretty obvious, but all too often policing turns into a game of, “drive around and see if you find something while answering calls in between.” This is akin to the “spray and pray” method of firearms, where you fire your weapon multiple times in multiple directions with the assumption that you will surely hit something. We would never teach our officers to do this. We teach them to be precise and exacting on the firearms range. How about using the same precision and exacting nature in the rest of their job? Why not go to where you know the crime is and hang out there until you get a call? I guarantee your mere increased presence in these high crime areas will at the very least disrupt the criminal element in these areas. By no means am I suggesting a neglect of the other areas of your city or township, but rather a focus on the higher crime areas. This is, of course, a very elementary break down of Intelligence-Led Policing — it’s also an illustration of a starting point.

Extract Individual Information and Compile it Holistically 

Intelligence-Led Policing starts with taking all of the information your officers already have, coupling it with other local, state, and federal intelligence, adding it to the crime data you have compiled in you records, and finally, mixing it together to create an intelligence product that your entire department can use. Again, this is not far from what you are doing now, it’s just a more structured way of putting it all together and most importantly getting it out to your officers so they can use it every day, all day.

Between now and my next entry, I encourage you to make a list of all the different information sources that you currently have access to. Because in my next blog, I will describe how to compile this information, make it accessible, and actually get your officers to “buy in” to this new way of policing.

The Under-reporting Of Rape


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Originally posted at The Crime Analyst’s Blog:

There were a couple of recent stories in the national press regarding sexual assaults. This one from CNN reports an uptick in sexual assaults reported in the military.

Some 3,230 reports of sexual assaults across all of the services were made during fiscal year 2009, which ended on September 30, 2009. That was up from the fiscal year 2008 number of 2,923 sexual assaults reported.

“Research in the civilian community shows that sexual assault is widely underreported, and we believe that is the same in the military,” said Kaye Whitley, director of the Defense Department’s sexual abuse prevention and response office.

“As a result, increasing reporting has been one of our key goals for the department,” she said.

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Teaching Citizens About Criminal Justice: ‘You Be the Judge’


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Citizens in the UK are getting schooled on the workings of the judicial system through a program called ‘You Be the Judge,’ that has just recently been launched online.

Originally, the program brought citizens in from the community to participate in a live reenactment of an actual trial. After viewing the evidence and hearing arguments, the citizens were asked to make judgments. Their judgments and opinions were then compared to the outcome of the original trial to show citizens how things actually happen. Through this experience, British citizens were taught the inner workings and complexities of actual criminal trials.

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