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In this Lumen blog, let’s hear from a crime analyst working on a difficult case and a search for critical connective information:
“We were working on a domestic violence case with a stolen handgun. According to the victim, the suspect put the stolen handgun in the victim’s mouth and pulled the trigger, but luckily, the gun did not fire. We knew the circumstances surrounding the theft of the handgun, but did not know the specific case. I searched Lumen for cases involving some of the specifics of the case and within 30 seconds I was reading the theft case report from another agency. This allowed us to validate the victim’s side of the domestic violence story, help another agency solve a weapons theft, and charge a suspect.”
No connections would’ve been made and no suspects would’ve been charged in this case if it weren’t for accessible and organized data. In this blog, the crime analysis software experts at Numerica will break down how top-of-the-line software like Lumen can help crime analysts connect the dots in critical cases, and discover big-picture trends and patterns in the law enforcement system and the public at large.
Identify Trends and Patterns
While commanders and patrol officers are responsible for stopping and preventing crime and handling heat-of-the-moment situations, crime analysts look at crime and police activity with a much wider lens. They’re an integral part of law enforcement agencies, helping them to identify key patterns, trends, and “hot spots” as they emerge.
Crime analysts with the right tools can stop widespread crime before it becomes widespread—for example, crime analysts might notice two recent convenience store burglaries within the same police jurisdiction, and can relay that information to commanders and patrol officers so they can remain proactive, keep the public informed, and hopefully stop the next burglary from taking place.
Crime analysts also have the ability to recognize long-term patterns. Perhaps they discover there’s been a rise in car accidents at a certain intersection over the past few years, or maybe they notice a certain neighborhood has a much larger number of drug arrests than the surrounding areas. Whatever the case, finding these short-term or long-term patterns would be impossible without data that can be accessed, organized, and manipulated.
That’s the power of Lumen. Compile law enforcement data across multiple jurisdictions, organize data to identify trends and patterns across geographic areas or suspect groups, and use that newfound knowledge to empower patrol officers and close cases.
Access Information Fast
Sometimes, finding and delivering information must happen at a moment’s notice in order to connect the dots on a case or book a suspect—and if you can’t find the information you need quickly and efficiently, your law enforcement agency might fall short and run out of time when it matters the most.
With Lumen, data is accessible from an easy-to-use web platform, so anyone within your agency can find the data they need. No switching between data portals or calling faraway agencies for data—with Lumen, all of your law enforcement databases are neatly organized in a simple system, and our database experts can incorporate custom databases into the fold for more informational context and faster, easier access.
Try Lumen Today
Don’t just take the word of the crime analysts who use and love Lumen—try it out for yourself and see how Lumen can help your law enforcement agency close more cases and work more efficiently than ever before. Schedule a demo of Lumen today.
In this Lumen blog, the crime analysis software experts at Numerica would like to start with a quote from Lumen user and Arvada Police Department Chief of Police Don Wick:
“Lumen is fast and easy to use. Our department has successfully used Lumen on our computers in our patrol cars as well as on our mobile phones. We are able to share data, including narratives, with other agencies, and Lumen is valuable for all levels of the organization. The staff supporting Lumen is top notch. From a simple question about query design, to a complex data configuration change, it is a pleasure to work with the Lumen support team. I appreciate that they actually listen to our suggestions and concerns on how to improve the user experience. We have experienced rapid turnaround on our requests and the Lumen staff shares improvements with other user agencies. The Lumen staff understand the high standards and unique needs of law enforcement and are able to deliver a product that has benefits for all agency personnel.”
What can we say that Chief Wick didn’t already cover? Lumen is easy to use, easy to customize, accessible, and secure. Let’s break this down a bit more, showing you how commanders, patrol officers, and law enforcement officials from top to bottom can take advantage of Lumen to bring safety and justice to their communities.
Real-Time, Data-Driven Briefings
Police commanders are the fearless, pragmatic leaders of any law enforcement agency—while patrol officers are out in the field, commanders are responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and taking on big-picture initiatives that fix widespread community problems. But there’s a huge difference between what is a community problem and what is perceived as a community problem.
Data drives action—it goes beyond empirical evidence, and provides more concrete and reliable information from which commanders and other law enforcement agency team members can create meaningful policing initiatives. It’s important for identifying problems that don’t necessarily reveal themselves in the field, and it helps commanders give data-driven briefings that are more meaningful to the officers who carry out initiatives on a daily basis.
Numbers don’t lie—giving these numbers context and organizing them in a way that is meaningful and useful is the real challenge. That’s where Lumen can help. Lumen compiles crucial law enforcement data from multiple databases across multiple jurisdictions, giving law enforcement agencies the big-picture information they need, and empowering commanders to lead with data-driven ideas and action.
Monitoring Results of Key Initiatives
Lumen helps commanders and officers take action—but it also helps them follow through on that action as well. Initiatives are nothing without tangible results, and that’s where Lumen comes in handy. Use real-time data and advanced analytics to monitor the progress of your initiatives, and make adjustments on-the-fly for more effective policing. Analyze the past, set achievable goals for the future, and keep your finger on the pulse in the present moment—that’s how law enforcement agencies stay effective in a fast-paced, data-driven age.
Increasing Operational Effectiveness
The general public (and even people inside your own agency) may never understand how effective your agency really is—unless you have numbers to back up your hard work. Crime analysis software doesn’t just help you increase your operational effectiveness—it gives you the data to prove it.
Don’t just take our word for it—and don’t just take the word of Chief Wick. Experience Lumen for yourself today.
In today’s blog, the crime analysis software specialists at Numerica would like to start off with a quote from a law enforcement investigator who uses our Lumen software platform:
“I was working a graffiti case where the same tag had been seen repeatedly across the city. With Lumen, I was able to do a search for the tag and instantly see all of the incidents where it showed up. Reading through the results in Lumen, I figured out that an officer on an unrelated case had actually made contact with what was most likely our guy—his roommate mentioned that he was a tagger and even told the officer his tag. With that one search, we were able to close 36 cases. I even called up two other agencies whose cases showed up in my Lumen search and they were able to close out their cases also. This would have been impossible without Lumen.”
36 cases closed, all because of the power of organized, accessible data. That speaks to the effectiveness of Lumen and the importance of data organization and compilation in law enforcement investigations. Let’s dive deeper into data’s role in the law enforcement world.
You can find critical info instantly.
Lumen is a web-based platform—it can be accessed through any internet-connected device in a safe and secure manner. That means investigators have access to information that updates in near real time—so they’re always able to make critical connections and provide other law enforcement team members with the most relevant and up-to-date information at a moment’s notice.
You can make connections across jurisdictions.
As law enforcement officials, you know better than we do that crimes don’t happen in a vacuum. They happen across neighborhoods, townships, cities, counties, and states—and with law enforcement officers across the country working hard to prevent crime and protect the general public, you never know when you’ll need information from different jurisdictions to be able to connect the dots.
Lumen compiles data from multiple local, regional, and national law enforcement databases and brings that data together in a user-friendly interface— so you can make critical connections and groundbreaking discoveries during ongoing investigations. Case closed.
It’s accessible from all levels of an agency.
Investigative power doesn’t come from a single person—even Sherlock Holmes had Watson (he wouldn’t have survived without him). When the best investigative brains on your team come together, they can perform excellent analysis, make critical connections, and most importantly, close cases quickly and easily. With Lumen, your most talented and dedicated team members can have access to the most important law enforcement databases at critical times, no matter where they’re located. Investigators can work together by looking at the same data at the same time to draw critical conclusions, and organize data in a way that provides useful context.
Try Out Lumen Today
You’ve heard how much investigators love Lumen—now it’s time to try it for yourself to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your law enforcement agency. Don’t wait—schedule a demo of Lumen today.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly generating massive amounts of digital media (body-worn camera and dash-cam videos, crime scene photos, audio recordings, and various other digital media files) and require secure, cost-effective ways to store and manage that information. But with such a huge volume of data that’s usually sensitive or classified, it can be difficult for law enforcement agencies to keep these media files secure, but accessible in a way that promotes agency efficiency and productivity—until now.
Numerica has released CJISvault, a CJIS-compliant, hosted storage solution for the most important digital media files law enforcement agencies need to manage on daily basis. In this blog, Numerica will guide you through what CJISvault is, how it works, and how it can help law enforcement agencies handle the massive influx of digital data.
What is CJISvault?
CJISvault is a CJIS-compliant, hosted storage solution equipped to handle the most sensitive law enforcement agency content, such as digital crime scene photos, police body camera footage, surveillance videos, and other related media materials—all accessible through a simple and secure web-based interface. All data is encrypted, highly redundant, and easily accessible and shareable, so law enforcement agencies can access and share important files quickly and securely.
What Is CJISvault Capable Of?
CJISvault has unparalleled power and ability to keep your data safe and secure, while also making it easily accessible and shareable. CJISvault can:
- Upload and access data quickly and easily using a web browser
- Integrate digital media with RMS, CAD, and other data for one-click search and access to all relevant information through an integration with Lumen
- Utilize digital hashing to ensure data integrity
- Easily share selected files with outside law enforcement agencies and DA offices
- Watermark images to prevent unauthorized sharing of sensitive materials
- View detailed audit logs to see what/when employees are accessing data
How Secure Is CJISvault?
CJISvault is a fully CJIS-compliant solution. All data is encrypted in transit and at rest with FBI-approved technology, subject to NIST-approved digital hashing, and stored in the continental United States. Ultimately, you have complete control over who has access to your data, whether they are inside or outside your agency.
CJISvault is also backed by a highly reliable data storage subsystem that is SOC3 and ISO27001 compliant, and data is stored throughout multiple physical data centers across the country.
Is CJISvault Compatible With Lumen?
CJISvault is tightly integrated with Lumen to ensure all of your digital media is directly accessible through the Lumen platform. Any case files or other media is integrated with your RMS data in a single interface, so you can make data-driven decisions and access information about a case as efficiently as possible. That’s how law enforcement agencies work smarter and faster.
CJISvault is designed to be a powerful, yet cost-effective digital media storage and management solution. No per-user fees here—law enforcement agencies only pay for what they use. Plus, the setup process is fast and easy. Along with Lumen, CJISvault is a useful asset for any member of any law enforcement agency. Learn more about CJISvault—get in touch with Numerica today.
Numerica is dedicated to advancing the science of information and solving technological challenges for our defense and law enforcement customers—that’s why we work closely with those customers to develop innovative software solutions to support the mission of improving public safety in our communities.
We are passionate about helping law enforcement agencies across the country use their data, which is often siloed and not readily accessible, more effectively across all levels of the agency. To solve the data challenges faced by law enforcement, we’ve developed Lumen—an innovative investigative search, crime analysis, and data sharing software solution that breaks down data silos and puts actionable information into the hands of law enforcement professionals. In this blog, we’ll show how and why Lumen can be an asset for every member of a law enforcement agency.
Siloed data creates significant challenges for law enforcement agencies. Integrating those disparate data sources into a single platform to search and analyze that information can show you connections that you would not have found otherwise, and can make the difference in a case. Lumen makes all this disparate data available to you in a single click—nothing is faster, easier, or more flexible.
What Can Lumen Integrate?
With Lumen, you can bring virtually all of your data sources into the mix, creating a clear, integrated picture of all relevant information, even across multiple jurisdictions. This data is easily accessible, secure, and simple to access by anyone in the agency.
- RMS (including legacy)
- Courts & DA
- Alternative Sentencing
- MS Word, PDF, RTF, HTML
- Email Archives
- GIS Shapefiles
Lumen is completely vendor- and source-agnostic, meaning we can integrate virtually any data source your agency needs to access in one seamless interface.
Who Uses Lumen?
Lumen is a tool that helps everyone in your agency. With easily accessible and manageable data, anyone in your agency can find value in Lumen and its secure, lightning-fast interface.
- Commanders – Create big-picture, data-driven briefings, monitor the results of initiatives and action plans, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of police operations.
- Investigators – Make critical, data-driven decisions, connect suspects across jurisdictions, and minimize the time required for information gathering in investigations.
- Analysts -Find trends and patterns, create interactive analytics, and share them quickly and easily.
- Patrol Officers – Easily access information about people, vehicles, events, and locations—all from a mobile-friendly interface to improve officer safety and efficiency while in the field.
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Our customers are currently using Lumen to increase productivity and efficiency in their agencies— see how your agency can benefit from breaking down data silos and putting actionable information into the hands of officers. Schedule a Lumen demo today.
Ever heard the term “data silo”? Even if you haven’t, you probably know what they are. In law enforcement today, data silos are everywhere. CAD, RMS, JMS, Evidence management, LPR, bulletins, and other data sources are usually accessed through separate applications. Trying to quickly find information on a person, vehicle, or location of interest can be a frustrating experience. Even worse, it can lead to reductions in officer safety.
Indeed, in 2016, the Department of Justice and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund found that, for officers responding to calls, lack of information is a major factor contributing to officer fatalities, and that
In many cases, agencies already have the data they need to improve officer safety, they just can’t get to it.
Lumen helps you break down those data silos. With an intuitive mobile interface, it can put critical information in officers’ hands when and where they need it. Dispatchers can quickly look up relevant data from multiple sources with a single search, and feed that to officers before they arrive on scene. Contact us to learn more.
Please join us for our monthly Lumen Training Webinar on June 22nd at 10am MDT. This month, we’ll be discussing the analytics tools in Lumen Desktop. We’ll walk through temporal, field value, tabular, and spatial analytics to show you how you can easily identify trends and patterns using any information in your data, without being restricted to canned reports.
Space is limited, so register here today:
Please join us for our monthly Lumen Training Webinar. This month, we’ll be showing the different ways you can search for a person or a vehicle using both Lumen Mobile and Lumen Desktop. We’ll discuss how both structured and unstructured search works within Lumen to easily find specifically what you’re looking for.
Space is limited, so register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lumen-may-training-webinar-tickets-34722573151
We’ll be at the LEIU/IALEIA training conference in Bloomington, MN all this week! If you’re looking for a way to integrate virtually any data source to make it very easy to search, analyze, and share information from one place, please stop by to see us at Booth #3 to learn more about how Numerica’s solutions may be able to help.