LAPD Turns To Data Analysis To Fight Terrorism

The LAPD Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau will be using the new $1 million system to gather, collate, track, analyze and distribute intelligence information, including counterterrorism tips and leads. The system also will be used to analyze data related to organized crime, street gangs and money laundering. The system, which uses data mining, analysis and visualization tools from Memex Inc., will allow about 80 LAPD officers to search multiple intelligence databases simultaneously and can provide proactive notifications and e-mail alerts to officers when patterns are identified, said Bob Fox, officer in charge of the analytical section in the major-crimes division of the counterterrorism bureau. The Los Angeles Police Department’s counterterrorism unit next month will begin using a new data analysis system designed to identify and connect related pieces of intelligence to help officers deter and respond to terrorist attacks.

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