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Criminal Hack versus FOIA request: The Showdown

September 10, 2011 by


It’s been a whirlwind week, and that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. The commercial data loss prevention firm IdentityFinder set its product to search through the 3GB dump of data that criminal hackers stole from Texas law enforcement agencies last week. IF published its findings on Wednesday, which were quoted in several media outlets. The IF […]

Intel Intelligencer: Hacking Cop Cars; Euro Cash; SMILE Conference

May 9, 2011 by


This week we’re going to talk about a couple of new publications and then a preview of the talk I’ll give at the SMILE Conference in Chicago, where Dave and I will be for the next three days. Last week we talked a little bit about Europol’s EU Organized Crime Threat Assessment, which has a […]

Pre-Pwn3d Websites

May 4, 2011 by


Recently, a professional security researcher named Kevin Finisterre published a paper which has opened some eyes in the vendor and law enforcement communities. It’s entitled Owning a Cop Car and it covers in highly specific detail how Finisterre and his team were able to access, for no money and with no special equipment other than […]

IACA Spring Symposium: Lessons from the World of Intelligence in the Commercial Enterprise

April 27, 2011 by


I’m really excited to be doing a training session today for the International Association of Crime Analysts at its Spring Symposium here in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose of the talk is to present police crime analysts with detailed information about how private enterprises, particularly those in the financial services, energy and manufacturing sectors – view […]

PLI Podcast: Chief Brandon Perkins

April 27, 2011 by


Chief Brandon Perkins of the Tyrone, GA police department first came to our attention when he told Nixl – a free text and email alert service – to go jump in a lake, after Nixle changed its business model and started charging $3000 a year. Listen to the Podcast | Listen on iTunes Perkins said that […]

The Intel Intelligencer: LE, Counter-Terror and Homeland Security

April 4, 2011 by


The Intel Intelligencer this week looks at a paper which is not new – drafts of this have been circulating since December, 2010 – but is important as it addresses the important question of how we as law enforcement crime and intelligence analysis view our role in defending the homeland. It is equally important reading […]

The Intel Intelligencer: Berman (Domestic Intel); McEwen (Mobile); Eways (Gang Intel)

March 28, 2011 by


Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: there is a duality, a dichotomy, present in many of the aspects of things we use in our law enforcement careers. Like a hammer – which can be used to build a house or kill someone – many of the tools we use have a double-edged nature. […]

The Week That Was: 21-27 March 2011

March 27, 2011 by


In our first full week of official publication, the Police-Led Intelligence blog and podcast was pretty busy. We appreciate the traffic, the thousands of visits and the comments – keep them coming! This coming week is shaping up to have some excellent content as well – please keep coming back, and do tell your friends. […]

Nationwide SAR Initiative

March 25, 2011 by


Yesterday I wrote about the need for officers to write down stuff that they thought was important, trying to formalize ways to tap into the bounteous harvest of HUMINT that is the police force at large. Today, Libby Stengel over at GroupIntel wrote an excellent post about this very topic. In her post, Stengel discusses […]

Metric Of The Week: Zimring and the Prisoner:Patrolman Ratio

March 25, 2011 by


The Metric of the Week comes from the forthcoming work of Franklin E Zimring, author of The Great American Crime Decline. It’s a doozy. The New York Times‘ One Police Plaza blog claimed in early February that the 38-page journal article of Zimring’s forthcoming study of how New York City has seen a remarkable and […]

“Give Me Your Hunches”

March 24, 2011 by


Last week, when Eric Olson joined Dave and me on the Police Led Intelligence Podcast, we were discussing ways in which agencies could better prepare patrol officers to gather and report on the rich intelligence they naturally come by on a day-to-day basis. Eric was talking about how he thinks about ways to automate thought […]

PLI Podcast: Aaron Turner, Mike Vallez

March 23, 2011 by


When it comes to mobile devices in the law enforcement world, there’s great news and there’s pretty bad news. The great news is that there is a wide range of applications out there to choose from that will make the life of a cop easier and more productive – even safer. The bad news is […]


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