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Missouri to Deploy COPLINK(R) Statewide to Support Local and State Law
Enforcement in Crime Solving and Anti-Terrorism Initiatives
NIEM and LEXS API Compliant Solution




TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowledge Computing Corporation
today announced that its award-winning COPLINK(R) solution suite will be
deployed by the State of Missouri to support comprehensive information sharing
and collaboration among local and state law enforcement for solving crimes and
thwarting terrorism. The Company's COPLINK solution and team were selected
after a highly competitive process. Missouri-based Professional Services &
Resources, Inc. (PSRI) will serve as a subcontractor to Knowledge Computing
Corp. Funding for the project, known as Missouri Data Exchange (MoDex), was
made possible by a unique partnership between state and local law enforcement,
which together, pooled federal funding to maximize the initiative's reach,
effectiveness and return on investment.
"Local law enforcement buy-in and active participation have consistently
proven to be the cornerstone of the most effective law enforcement information
sharing initiatives across the country," said Robert Griffin, CEO of Knowledge
Computing Corp. Missouri's thought leadership in approaching a statewide
initiative this way, and in choosing a proven performer at the local, state,
regional and federal level like COPLINK, is an effective model for other
states planning to implement criminal information sharing initiatives."
"Government has a fundamental duty to keep our streets, our schools, and
our neighborhoods safe, so that Missourians can reach their full potential,"
said Missouri Governor Matt Blunt." We have already seen the tremendous
benefits of information sharing through the Missouri Information Analysis
Center, and I commend local law enforcement for their vision and foresight to
bring this software to Missouri. By working together they will be able to
provide a tremendous asset to build on MIAC's success and strengthen and
protect our communities."
"I know from my own experience in law enforcement that access to accurate
and timely information and intelligence will help save lives," said Mark
James, Director of the Department of Public Safety. "This data sharing
program will give law enforcement the advantage against criminals by
identifying relationships, associations and patterns that will help us solve
more crimes and increase public safety across Missouri by getting offenders
off the street more quickly."
COPLINK provides unparalleled analysis and decision support for rapidly
identifying criminal suspects, relationships and patterns that help solve
crime and thwart terrorism. Using a NIEM and LEXS API compliant interface,
it works by allowing vast quantities of structured and seemingly unrelated
data -- including data currently housed in various incompatible databases and
records management systems -- to be securely organized, consolidated and
rapidly analyzed over a highly secure intranet-based platform.
One search using known or partial facts from an ongoing investigation can
produce qualified leads that would otherwise be unapparent in seconds -- a
process that prior to COPLINK was not possible or often takes days or weeks to
accomplish. Through sophisticated analytics, including powerful visualization
tools, COPLINK builds "institutional memory," reduces knowledge gaps and
prevents criminals from falling through the cracks.
"Another benefit of the program is its power to generate new investigative
leads in rapes, murders, burglaries, robberies and other crimes," said Mick
Covington, Executive Director of the Missouri Sheriff's Association. "Vague
physical descriptions and bits of information given by crime victims or
witnesses, such as tattoos, car colors, and nicknames, take on new life when
they are researched in a regional database."
"Across our state, policing agencies face tough challenges when trying to
share information. This software will enable law enforcement to compile data
in one central repository and give every police officer access to that
critical information," said Sheldon Lineback, Executive Director of the
Missouri Police Chiefs Association.
There are 12,655 full time sworn officers within the Missouri law
enforcement geographical area. COPLINK will be accessible to authorized law
enforcement officers, investigators, detectives, highway patrol troopers, and
crime analysts throughout the state and will be used for law enforcement
purposes only. This includes sworn officers serving communities across 114
counties, the city of St. Louis, approximately 535 municipalities and other
state law enforcement entities.
COPLINK will allow MIAC and other agencies to instantly cross-reference
and analyze law enforcement records systems statewide, significantly improving
operations and results. Gov. Blunt opened MIAC in December 2005 to provide a
public safety partnership consisting of local, state and federal agencies, as
well as the public sector and private partners. It collects, evaluates,
analyzes, and disseminates information to agencies tasked with Homeland
Security responsibilities in a timely, secure manner. MIAC collects incident
reports of suspicious activities to be evaluated and analyzed in an effort to
identify potential trends or patterns of terrorist or criminal operations
within the state.
MIAC also facilitates two-way communication between federal, state and
local law enforcement communities within the region. When COPLINK is fully
deployed in Missouri, it will also link into the FBI's Regional Data Exchange
system known as RDEX, further enhancing Missouri's ability to collaborate with
other regional, state and federal agencies in solving crime and thwarting
terrorism.
When COPLINK is used to create statewide networks, each participating
agency has real-time control over what data is shared, with whom and when. In
addition, data continues to reside and be updated at its existing source, with
automatic refresh mechanisms triggering updates within COPLINK. These
safeguards help protect the integrity of the data and sensitive information
while allowing for the creation of ad hoc regional task forces to address
specific criminal activity.
Access to COPLINK will be restricted based on individual user security
clearance levels, and the sensitivity of the data itself based on strict
policy protocols spelled out in a memorandum of understanding between
participating agencies. COPLINK also creates a detailed audit trail for every
search conducted. This serves two purposes. Officers seeking to question or
obtain a warrant on suspects identified through COPLINK are able to clearly
demonstrate with hard facts how that person fits the criminal profile and how
others were excluded. The Systems Administrator is also able to monitor use
for audit purposes to identify any abuse that would result in suspension of a
user's access privileges under the privacy and use protocols established by
MoDex participants in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
With the addition of the State of Missouri, COPLINK now supports nearly
1300 jurisdictions nationwide spanning across 20 states, including four of the
nation's five largest cities, helping police officers fight crime, thwart
terrorism and improve community safety. A powerful force multiplier, COPLINK
is documented as conservatively providing a 14:1 investigative time advantage,
reducing the time it takes to identify qualified suspects, thereby enabling
law enforcement to keep more feet on the streets.
Winner of numerous awards, COPLINK was recognized twice by the
International Association of Chiefs of Police for deployments in Tucson,
Arizona and across the State of Alaska. The Center for Digital Government
also recognized COPLINK as one of the best-of-breed and most innovative IT
projects undertaken by cities in the nation.
Many law enforcement agencies worked together to bring COPLINK to Missouri
including, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway
Patrol, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Sheriff's Association,
Cole County Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri Department of Corrections.
About Knowledge Computing Corporation
Knowledge Computing Corp. provides technology-based crime-fighting
solutions to leading edge law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its
critically-acclaimed COPLINK(R), solution, in use since 1998, is based on
knowledge management technology first prototyped by top-ranked researchers in
the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson through
a grant by the National Institute of Justice. The technologies developed at
Knowledge Computing Corporation have been tested and proven by law enforcement
agencies around the country. For more information: www.knowledgecc.com
or www.coplink.com .
Media Contact:
Amy Smith, WhiteOak Communications
asmith (at) whiteoakcom.com
(703) 200-8218

SOURCE Knowledge Computing Corporation

Amy Smith of WhiteOak Communications, +1-703-200-8218, asmith@whiteoakcom.com,
for Knowledge Computing Corporation

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