Law Enforcement Agencies Ganging Up on Gangs
The New Jersey State Police has implemented a strategy of Intelligence-Led Policing, which has allowed the state to better deal with criminals–particularly gang members–who are highly proficient in technology.
Traditionally, information that law enforcement took in every day was kept in “silos” or databanks in each of the federal, state, and local agencies combating gang violence.
However, with Intelligence-Led Policing, those agencies are linked. This allows them to share information and add it to a central database currently under construction at the State Police Regional Operations Center.
In addition, evidence from unrelated cases can be compared, allowing police to increase their rate of crime solving.
This capability was particularly helpful in the State Police’s efforts to dismantle a gang called “9 Trey,” a subset of the Bloods gang that was terrorizing people near the Irvington, N.J.-Newark boundary.
By looking at the intelligence collected during traffic stops, State Police were able to make connections between unsolved old crimes and new crimes, said Lt. Col. Frank E. Rodgers, deputy superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Asbury Park Press (NJ); 12/10/06; Bonafide, Margaret F.