COPLINK agent: An architecture for information monitoring and sharing in law enforcement

Daniel Zeng, Hsinchun Chen, Damien Daspit, Fu Shan, Suresh Nandiraju, Michael Chau, Chienting Lin

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In this paper, we report our work on developing and evaluating a prototype system aimed at addressing the information monitoring and sharing challenges in the law enforcement domain. Our system, called COPLINK Agent, is designed to provide automatic information filtering and monitoring functionalities. This system also supports knowledge sharing by proactively identifying officers who are working on the same or similar cases on a real-time basis. To accommodate the mobile needs of law enforcement officers who are constantly in the field, COPLINK Agent can deliver messages through a variety of communications channels including e-mail, pager, and mobile phones. In order to assess the effectiveness of COPLINK Agent, we conducted a pilot user study at the Tucson Police Department. Overall, COPLINK Agent was shown to be an effective tool for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal investigations in crimes such as gang, theft, and fraud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-295
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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