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Social Network Monitoring and Analytics provide law enforcement agencies some powerful new force multipliers in combating violence and crime across the USA. These new tools enable Law Enforcement agencies to monitor, detect, and even predict violent acts before they occur. Research data and actual events show that individuals, or groups of individuals who plan to conduct extreme violence on campus, or in a public venue (Places of Worship, movie theaters, shopping malls, etc.) will often post their intentions as a “social network manifesto” on public social networking sites just prior (8 – 72 hours) to initiating these violent acts or attacks. These criminals also use social network sites to communicate and collaborate when planning these events.

A SMALL WINDOW OF TIME exists where law enforcement agencies can legally monitor, detect

and interdict these violent acts and crimes before they occur. Today, the United States Department of Defense, National Intelligence Agencies, State Police Fusion Centers (Louisiana, Florida,

Pennsylvania and New Jersey) are using these GEOspatial Common Operating Picture technologies to prevent and predict crimes of violence. Systems are configured to monitor only publicly available social network data; not private social network data. By legally monitoring and analyzing big social data, Authorities can be alerted to future violent activities, threats, events, and actions while they are still in the planning stages.

Submitted by Robert.Dowling 1 year ago

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  1. Wow, what a great idea. Lets use available technologies that can help interdict these violent acts before a shot is fired.

    On February 28th, 2013 (Staten Island, New York) – A CUNY student from Staten Island was arrested after threatening to shoot and kill students at CUNY campus in Brooklyn. Security guards nabbed the tweeting suspect on campus after being alerted by the web site GEOCOP, which monitors threats via social media. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/cuny_slay_threats_nZzeA3eQZCSORE3tZuKdBL?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Local

    On January 8th, 2013 (Houston Texas) – A high school sophomore was arrested after he threatened to blow up his high school on Twitter. The FBI contacted Galena Park Independent School Districts officials and the student was arrested. [Source - http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/North-Shore-sophomore-arrested-accused-of-4174685.php]

    On February 5th, 2013 (Murrieta, California) – A high school student at Vista Murrieta High School was arrested on suspicion of making an online threat to kill a teacher, police confirmed. “…it was determined the weapons in the photograph(s) belonged to a family member of the 17-year-old student suspect. Conrad said.

    1 year ago
  2. In the event of an active shooter situation:

    Evacuate, Attempt to evacuate. Have an escape route and plan Leave your belongings Keep your hands visible, HideFind a place to hide Block entry and lock doors, Remain quiet and silence your cell phone or pager, Take ActionAs a last resort, try to incapacitate the shooter Act with physical aggression, Remember to always: Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit. Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers. CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO!

    1 year ago

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