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.