Digital Version of November/December 2014 Print Edition
Secret Service will continue to use LexisNexis services
The U.S. Secret Service has announced that it plans to procure on a sole source basis several legal and law enforcement databases from Reed Elsevier, Inc., which does business as LexisNexis.
The agency plans to acquire for a 12-month term the Lexis.com, Nexis.com, Accurint and LexisNexis Courtlink services.
Capability statements from any companies other than Reed Elsevier that believe they have similar capabilities are due by December 4, said a special notice published by the Secret Service on November 26.
In related news, LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced last month that it has expanded its capabilities to assist law enforcement officials with investigations and critical incidents, such as gang violence, drug dealing, crimes against children and human trafficking through the use of social media. Social Media Monitor, a new capability in the LexisNexis Accurint for Law Enforcement platform that is powered by the technology of DigitalStakeout, allows agencies to discover risks and threats by leveraging social media to provide actionable intelligence.
“Social media is a critical tool for crime prevention and detection, especially since it crosses all demographics,” said Haywood Talcove, chief executive officer, government, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Some individuals even use these platforms to post evidence or intent of criminal activity. LexisNexis is dedicated to providing law enforcement professionals the solutions to meet their public safety missions and is proud to be able to offer Social Media Monitor to help officers control or prevent dangerous situations.”
According to a LexisNexis survey of over 1,200 active law enforcement officers, four out of five utilize social media sites to help with investigations and three of four non-users intend to begin using social media for investigations this year. To meet this growing demand, Social Media Monitor helps to unlock the value of big data from social media, providing the ability to discover risks, threats and gain actionable intelligence. This new capability can alert officers to potential areas of concern and help them identify posts and/or tweets within specific geographical locations. By entering a few search terms, law enforcement personnel are provided a social canvas within minutes, adding a virtual dimension to traditional public records data.