Forensic Logic provides access to its universe of law enforcement data in three separate but interconnected ways:
LEAP Search A simple, powerful, and intuitive search function that provides law enforcement officers on the ground immediate access to data necessary to perform their jobs.
LEAP Analytics A highly robust crime analysis tool that allows analysts to spot crime patterns, perform predictive analysis, and disrupt criminal activity.
FLI Services For private sector firms and municipal governments, we offer a range of analytical services to help make sense of the criminal landscape surrounding your business or community.
LEAP Search is a simple, powerful, and intuitive search function that provides law enforcement officers on the ground immediate access to data necessary to perform their jobs. Some of its features include:
Unstructured Search A large proportion of valuable law enforcement information is recorded in narratives or text that is not easily discovered using traditional structured search tools. LEAP Search performs an unstructured search of ALL data elements in our data network, including narratives, in a Google-like search so that captured narrative information can be revealed quickly and incidents, persons, vehicles, property, drugs or weapons associated with the results of an unstructured search can be identified for further analysis and query.
Link Charts Displaying the relationships between people and incidents often reveals associations that can lead to quicker apprehension of offenders or the advancement of an investigation. Most link chart analysis software requires the user to create the relationships to be displayed in the link chart so that the link analysis software operates more as a presentation system than an analysis system. LEAP Search automatically creates link charts from associations that it identifies from the data in the LEAP repository. Link charts of four levels are created and displayed automatically from person selection or incident selections. An example of four level association would be (i) arrestees associated with (ii) other incident subjects who have (iii) parents who were in a (iv) traffic incident.
Partial Field Searches In LEAP Search, partial hits and wildcard searches are available so that a partial vehicle plate number or VIN number or a partial phrase that might be in the narrative field can be returned easily. This allows law enforcement officers to enter in any relevant data to the incident or individual, and have a high confidence level that their desired information will be presented in the search results.
Saved and Automated Searches In order not to duplicate work daily, a query system needs the ability to save periodic queries. A more sophisticated system would also run “important” queries constantly and notify a user of any new data that met the requirements of the query.
In LEAP Search, periodic search criteria can be saved and executed on demand by a user. This would be useful by a patrol officer prior to his shift in reviewing all incidents in which a weapon had been used in the prior week in his beat. In addition, LEAP allows any saved search to be designated as a 24/7 search in which case the query is constantly executed, even when a user is not online, and will automatically notify the user by email when new data satisfies the query. As an example, this might be useful in a situation where an incident with a particular gang member needed immediate attention from an officer assigned to the gang task force.
Our LEAP Analytics tools have been developed by law enforcement, for law enforcement. The result is a potent suite of analytical features that allow users to not just assess past crimes, but predict where and when crimes will occur next.
Next Crime Location The Next Crime Location analysis tool assists in predicting future criminal incident locations by analyzing previous criminal incident locations. Next Crime Location analysis is intended for serial or spree offenses. LEAP has a next crime location tool that can be executed on any set of incident data (including both CAD and RMS data) selected by user and will illustrate the geographic area where future similar crimes statistically may occur.
Hotblocks HotBlocks allows a user to quickly examine incident data to detect unusually high concentrations of crime. Crime clusters may reveal possible offender activity nodes (e.g. the home, school, work, hangouts, etc.), high crime locations of interest (such as a chop shop) and high crime areas. Identification of these high-crime areas may assist in prioritizing law enforcement resources and ultimately reduce the incidence of criminal activity. LEAP has a HotBlocks tool that can be executed on any set of incident data selected by user.
Timeline Location Timeline Location Analysis is a technique that geographically depicts serial crime data in sequential order based on date and time of occurrence. Timeline location analysis may assist in the identification of an existing pattern among incidents and/or show probable offender routes, including direction of travel. LEAP has a timeline location tool that is executed on any set of incident data selected by user.
Repeat Calls Certain places account for a disproportionate number of criminal incidents. These types of places include, but are not limited to, bars and taverns, abortion clinics, and burglarized places. For example, research indicates that burglarized residences have a substantially increased risk of repeat victimization. This occurs as a result of home owners’ insurance replacement and/or because an offender is aware of the routine activities of the occupants based on past observation. LEAP has a repeat calls tool that can be executed on any set of incident data (including both CAD and RMS data) selected by user.
Auto Match Auto Match analysis looks for incidents involving the same vehicles that were involved in the selected incidences. The Auto Match tool in LEAP is often used to identify chop shops or vehicles that frequently appear in multiple incidents.
Timescape Incidents are not evenly distributed across space or time. Certain crimes have peak times of day, peak days of the week, and peak months of the year. This type of time trend data is extremely important, yet often ignored in crime analysis and crime research. However, this type of data can be used proactively to help anticipate when more resources should be devoted to potential crime increases, etc. The timescape tool in LEAP allows a set of data to be analyzed with a variety of temporal data (day of week, time of day etc.)
Forensic Logic provides an array of analytical and advisory services to private sector companies and local, state, and federal governments. We can help decision makers gain a deeper understanding of how criminal activity is impacting their operations and community, and offer specific, cost-effective ways to mitigate the impact of crime. For more information, please contact us here.
We collect and integrate data across thousands of jurisdictions so agencies can gain a complete picture of an offender’s activity. The result is the ability for our clients to access and analyze all relevant information on an individual or incident, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
A centralized data system architecture differs dramatically from county or regional data and analytical sharing architectures in that all data is sent to a central national warehouse, where it is normalized and then distributed to local subscribers. As an analogy, a central data facility works similar in fashion to how Federal Express sends all of its packages to Memphis TN for sorting before distributing packages back to local destinations.
The LEAP system is hosted in one centralized data facility where data from all agencies participating in LEAP is stored and can be shared and analyzed in the aggregate therefore transcending geopolitical boundaries that offenders ignore. As just one example, several hundred offenders who had been arrested or were being sought for arrest by law enforcement agencies in the state of Texas, reside in Oakland California, more than 1,800 miles away – further illustrating the mobility of the criminal element and the value of a truly national law enforcement data sharing system.
Our cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) model means that a tablet, smartphone, or PC is the only hardware necessary to access and analyze the data in the Forensic Logic network. Here are a few ways in which Forensic Logic and the LEAP System minimize cost to our customers:
No cost for central hardware Unlike systems that reside at local police departments or sheriff offices, with a centralized hosted SaaS configuration, there is no cost to the participating agency for hardware servers and associated load balancers. The cost is amortized over the service life and upgrades to hardware do not rely on future grants or capital budget allocations. The most effective and efficient hardware is utilized in order for the service to minimize its ongoing operating costs. The LEAP system employs multiple centrally located servers, load balanced and configured in a three tier network of web servers, application servers and database servers to deliver results from user queries and associated analysis rapidly. Servers are frequently upgraded with the most efficient equipment and specialized equipment is often employed when it delivers the best user experience for LEAP subscribers. In addition, since the LEAP system is in operation in multiple time zones, server hardware has a higher utilization factor, and therefore lower cost to subscribers, than servers dedicated to one application at one location.
No cost for central database software Law enforcement data query and analysis relies on database software and associated applications. In addition, the National Information Exchange Model or NIEM, a US DHS and US DOJ agreed upon data model requires mapping of local law enforcement data elements into the national NIEM standard to facilitate communication between and amongst law enforcement agencies. This is most often achieved by mapping data elements from an originating system into a standard database schema. All of the costs of database software, associated operating systems, mapping software and data and performing data mapping from local law enforcement systems into nationally recognized standards are performed at no additional cost other than initial integration fees and ongoing subscription fees to LEAP network member.
No cost for extra bandwidth Information systems that are heavily used typically require additional communications bandwidth when the information system is located at a law enforcement agency or city/county facility. The cost of a new T1 line to accommodate such usage can range between $500 and $1,000 per month. Since the LEAP system is centrally located and all communications bandwidth emanates from that central location, there is no additional bandwidth cost for a law enforcement agency. This can save an agency as much as $6,000 annually due to not needing one additional T1 line.
No cost for to Federal Law Enforcement connectors Connections to federal law enforcement investigative networks require special software and web browser rendering applications to be built in order to retrieve data in FBI, ATF, DEA, Bureau of Prisons, US Marshall Service, TSA, CBP, ICE, Coast Guard, Secret Service and military service data bases. In addition to the software, a comprehensive network connection integration and special data sharing MOUs are required between the US DOJ, US DOD, US DHS in order to facilitate such connections. As a LEAP member, subscribers receive automatic access to the federal investigative data through the LEAP portal without any additional programming or software development. As a member of LEAP, data sharing MOUs with US DHS, US DOD and US DOJ are part of the standard LEAP MOU that all subscribers adopt.
No additional allocation of overhead With software-as-a-service information delivery, no additional bandwidth, nor floor space, nor 24/7 intrusion detection equipment nor personnel monitoring is required resulting in little to no additional overhead costs for customers. The LEAP system absorbs all overhead costs often associated with law enforcement information technology software that is installed locally at a law enforcement facility.
No maintenance and support costs The ongoing costs of software, hardware and application maintenance are often overlooked when making economic comparisons between different information technology products and services. In the case of LEAP, database software upgrades, operating system upgrades, equipment replacements and maintenance, application maintenance and bug fixes, and the personnel required to install such upgrades, enhancements and fixes are all absorbed in the cost of subscribers annual fees. There is no additional fees for application upgrades, since upgrades and enhancements are performed continuously, as frequently as every four weeks.
Cost-free upgraded, forever Unlike most software companies that install software onsite at a law enforcement or municipal facility, our SaaS model allows continuous improvement and rapid updates and enhancements depending on customer needs. The Forensic Logic LEAP system is fully updated as frequently as every four to six weeks and new capabilities and modifications become immediately available to all subscribers. Accordingly, customers with specific needs that are common to the entire network of participating agencies may see special requests implemented in a rapid 8 to 12 week period of time.
With a few keystrokes, our system can help your agency generate operational reports such as CompStat and internal reporting. Here are just a few tools in the LEAP system that will help your agency meet its reporting and accountability requirements:
CompStat CompStat is an accountability and reporting approach to police management first implemented by NYPD in 1996 and attributed with a continually declining crime rate in New York City. It has been adopted in a number of other cities, Los Angeles being the largest and achieving similar results as New York. The interactive CompStat reports available in LEAP were developed with the assistance of the CompStat team at NYPD. Not only are the reports available online, but the interactive nature of the reports permit drill down by users into the incidents that aggregate up to the CompStat report.
Charting In addition to tabular display of law enforcement information, it is often easier to visualize patterns through the use of charts.
LEAP provides an interactive charting capability in a number of standard formats to chart incident and offender information.
Exporting of Data, Maps and Charts Many proprietary information technology systems do not provide comprehensive report writer and chart maker capabilities. In these instances, it is convenient if data can be exported into other more comprehensive reporting or charting applications such as Excel, Powerpoint or Crystal Writer. Data selected by LEAP queries are easily exported in a number of standard formats including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, comma-delimited or XML for consumption by applications external to the LEAP system. In addition to the export of data, it is important that charts, graphs and maps also be exportable in image format for inclusion directly into reports. LEAP facilitates the export of maps, charts and link charts in several image formats that can easily be included in external applications such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.
How to Buy
Forensic Logic provides products and services that are procured as modest annual per user, per agency or per organization fees. There is no server hardware, operating system software, application software, communications equipment or internet bandwidth to procure other than the device you access our services with and a connection to the internet. To learn more about how our system can help you and your organization, please contact us here or call 888.643.2725.