Crime is evolving rapidly, creating new challenges for law enforcement agencies. By using computers, communications platforms, and other technologies, criminals commit crimes that were unheard of a decade or two ago, while also finding different ways to commit traditional crimes. For law enforcement agencies to keep up in this new environment, they must change their approach to criminal investigations. Physical evidence and witness statements are no longer sufficient in many cases.
This webinar will present the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department’s novel and integrated Networks of Criminals (NOC) approach. This analytic approach integrates criminal history data, threat intelligence, and social network analysis to identify youth offenders that are believed to be substantially impacting motor vehicle and robbery trends. This unique, three-dimensional approach is a foundation for collaboration between crime analysts and investigative officers.
Today’s investigations into violent crimes, especially gun-related crimes, have become more time-consuming due to factors including increases in the sources and quantities of digital and ballistics evidence. These new investigative challenges are stretching small and large departments alike. To solve these increasingly complex cases, law enforcement agencies are overlaying innovative technologies that help investigators gather and analyze both physical and digital evidence more effectively and with greater efficiency.
The Networks of Criminals (NOC) Youth Offender Program is an innovative offender-based strategy and intelligence process that utilizes an algorithmic methodology to identify youth offenders and their social networks currently impacting Milwaukee’s motor vehicle theft and robbery trends. NOC offenders are identified every week using a unique methodology for the comparative analysis of up to 500 emerging or perpetual like-offenders based on their 1) criminal history, 2) threat assessment, and 3) social network analysis.