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: http://www.knowledgecc.com or http://www.coplink.com .