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Thomson Reuters recognizes 2013 everyday heroes

Thomson Reuters customers encouraged to submit their stories for 2014 awards 

The press release below on the Thomson Reuters website summarizes the Everyday Heroes award program and the 2013 winners.  Learn more at hero.thomsonreuters.com.

PRESS RELEASE
EAGAN, Minn. – In the fall of 2013, officers with the Pasadena Independent School District Police Department in Pasadena, Texas obtained a tip through a crisis hotline that an anonymous caller was threatening to stage a shooting at a local elementary school.

With only a phone number and IP address from the hotline’s interaction with the suspect, officers turned to CLEAR® – a powerful investigative platform for law enforcement and credentialed organizations to identify and locate individuals or organizations – and as a result, were able to identify and apprehend the suspect before he could act.

Read the full press release

 

Supporting the cause: a big apple thriller

By Daniel J. DeSimone, Thomson Reuters

Thrillerfest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction.  An array of impressive names, including Clive Cussler, Lee Child, James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, David Morrell, Ken Follett, and R.L. Stine, are part of ThrillerFest. During the first week of July 2014, nearly 100 of the top fiction authors attended a very unique workshop held at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) New York Field Office training facility. And Thomson Reuters played a key role in the event.   itw_logo_tfest2

The FBI’s  New York leadership, including Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos and several of his Special Agents in Charge provided an overview of the FBI’s programs. The authors learned about the Bureau’s structure as well as its investigative and intelligence programs, so that future novels capture the true essence of how the FBI carries out its mission. The event was a coordinated effort between award winning fiction author KJ Howe, representing Thrillerfest and the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs and its New York Field Office. Thomson Reuters sponsored the visiting authors’ lunch. Thomson Reuters Sr. Director of Investigative Resources, Daniel J. DeSimone, a retired FBI Special Agent, served as the mid-day keynote address.

Connecting the dots with CLEAR and Palantir Gotham

By Amy Hurwitz, Thomson Reuters

Investigators, whether in law enforcement or private practice, are constantly trying to “connect the dots.”  In building their case, investigators are often looking for ways to supplement the sometimes scant facts of their case with reliable, actionable intelligence.  At the same time, with data from a wider variety of sources at their disposal than ever before, investigators are often faced with the daunting task of trying to make sense of it all and find the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Thankfully, investigators now have a better way of navigating that sea of data.  Thomson Reuters has partnered closely with Palantir to make its best-in-class CLEAR data available through Palantir’s industry-leading Gotham software platform through an easy-to-use Palantir plug-in.  Through this integration, investigators can quickly and easily enhance their existing case information with public records data from CLEAR.

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Social media and criminal investigations

The article below on the use of social media in criminal investigations originally ran on the Government Blog.

Facebook privacyThe use of social media is pervasive in law enforcement, as it is in nearly every aspect of American life.  A 2013 survey of approximately 500 law enforcement agencies conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that 80 percent of the agencies used social media in criminal investigations.  These tactics are chosen for good reason: social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, are treasure troves of evidence and investigatory leads.  Today, it is estimated that 91 percent of adults who are on-line use social media websites.  Criminal offenders are no exception.  Read the full post

 

2014 Hope Awards gala

By Heather McDade, Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a long-time supporter of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the nation’s most prominent nonprofit dedicated to finding missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation, and preventing child victimization. We provide in-kind donations of services, including our CLEAR online public record platform, which NCMEC uses to locate abductors and other people who might have information about the whereabouts of missing and exploited children. Several members of the Thomson Reuters Legal Government team were in attendance at NCMEC’s annual Hope Awards banquet, which recognizes individuals and organizations who make significant contributions to protecting our children.

The Hope Awards is an inspiring event each and every year that brings both smiles and tears as those in law enforcement who protect the innocent and survivors who’ve endured the unimaginable are recognized for their heroism and inspiration.  This year’s Hope Awards was an amazing and moving experience as 30 Years of Hope was celebrated, recognizing the extraordinary milestones and life saving success of NCMEC.

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Supporting the cause: sunshine state, FBI-LEEDA 2014

By Daniel J. DeSimone, Thomson Reuters

In 1991, a group of law enforcement executives formed an association to provide their peers educational and networking opportunities.  FBI-LEEDA, Inc., also known as the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, a non-profit corporation, was formed.  Today, FBI-LEEDA’s membership includes law enforcement executives throughout the United States, U.S. territories, and foreign countries.  FBI-LEEDA is under the direction of Charles “Skip” Robb, a 2013 retired FBI executive.

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Shelly Bouchard of Thomson Reuters with Greg Hamilton, President of FBI-LEEDA & Sheriff of Travis County, Austin, Texas

The Association holds its annual training conference in the spring of each year to provide members with up-to-date information and education.  As part of an emerging public/private partnership agenda, FBI-LEEDA invites a limited number of companies to display the latest in technology and product lines for its attendees and Thomson Reuters was honored to participate. Representing Thomson Reuters at this event were Michael Sulkin and Shelly Bouchard.

Sulkin is a member of Thomson Reuters’ elite Law Enforcement and Investigative team, and Bouchard serves as chief analyst to law enforcement agencies in the nation’s Northeast.  Thomson Reuters’ Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations, Sharon Sayles-Belton addressed a morning session of FBI-LEEDA showcasing the global capabilities of  Thomson Reuters.  2014 marked the 23rd annual FBI-LEEDA training conference and it was held in Tampa, Florida.

Several Florida law enforcement agencies, including the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriffs, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were part of opening remarks, joining Travis County, Texas Greg Hamilton, FBI-LEEDA’s President in welcoming the attendees.  James B. Comey, the Director of the FBI was a keynote speaker on FBI-LEEDA’s opening day.  Watertown, Massachusetts Police Chief, Ed Deveau led a gripping presentation about the Watertown perspective of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Other topics including cyberbullying, media and the police executive, and leadership in the law enforcement ranks were presented.

Two notable presentations included BAE’s  Vice President and Chief Security Executive, Thomas J. Langer on the importance of public/private partnerships and a tandem presentation by New York City Police Department’s Commissioner, William J. Bratton and Deputy Commissioner, John Miller, discussing the importance of collaboration.

Thomson Reuters’ support of ASCIA spring conference continues in 2014

By Kelly Barna, Thomson Reuters

ASCIA TX Department of Public SafetyThomson Reuters’ Fraud Prevention & Investigation (FP&I) group co-sponsored the 2014 Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) Spring meeting, which was held May 4-7, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  Thomson Reuters was represented at the conference by Government Law Enforcement Leaders Brian Jenkins, Field Director and Kelly Barna, Regional Manager.   The conference was hosted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.  ASCIA is a collaboration of State Criminal Investigative Agencies with the mission of sharing innovative best practices to benefit public safety.

Some of the major areas of discussion during the conference included Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking, Child Exploitation, Major Gang Violence, Cyber Crime and Homeland Security Issues.  Criminal issues have become global problems that must be addressed locally, so a large focus of the meeting included best practices on collaborating between State/Local & Federal Law Enforcement.  Collaboration on these issues is essential to ensure the most effective and efficient process is being utilized to render public safety.

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Supporting the cause – Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police dinner

By Daniel J. DeSimone, Thomson Reuters

Since 1937, the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police (MDCACP) has been committed to serving and protecting the community by encouraging its agency members to collaborate toward reaching agency objectives and solving issues facing law enforcement today.  Thomson Reuters is proud to support the cause and maintains its longtime partnership with MDCACP.

Thomson Reuters’ Fraud Prevention & Investigation group co-sponsored the MDCACP General Membership dinner meeting held on April 17, 2014 in Miami Lakes, Florida.  Miami-Dade Police Major Nancy Lopez and Sergeant Dorothy Diaz were the police department’s leadership, coordinating the event.  (more…)

Digital Economy Task Force discusses dark side of the information age at US Naval Academy

The article below on the Legal Current blog summarizes a panel discussion at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Last week, the United States Naval Academy hosts the 54th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). The focus of this year’s event is “Human Security in the Information Age” – a topic ideally-suited for Thomson Reuters and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to present findings of the Digital Economy Task Force (DETF). Read the full post

 

Thomson Reuters and ICMEC present recommendations for the digital economy on Capitol Hill

Steve Rubley, director of the Government segment of Thomson Reuters, welcomes guests to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs meeting.

The article below on the Legal Current blog summarizes a presentation on the digital economy on Capitol Hill.

After the release of the Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) report, Thomson Reuters and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) took their next step recommendations on the future of the digital economy to representatives of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs last Wednesday. Read the full post