Connecting the Dots: Data Mining and Predictive Analytics in Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analysis

Law enforcement organizations are challenged by a staggering increase in data on a daily basis. In fact, it has been estimated that the amount of data in the world doubles every 20 months. Every transaction, every event, every blip of electricity has the potential to generate data. The events of September 11, 2001, have only served to increase the flood of data while underscoring the critical importance of timely and complete exploitation of law enforcement data resources. The changing face of the war on terrorism and the challenge to connect the dots faces all law enforcement professionals, including those in the local arena.