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Just Ask program helps prevent human trafficking and indentifies suspects

According to the FBI, human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the United States.  Under federal law victims of human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, include:

  • Minors (under age 18) induced to perform commercial sex acts
  • Those age 18 or over who are forced, deceived, or coerced into providing commercial sex acts
  • Children and adults forced to perform labor and/or services in conditions of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, through force, fraud, or coercion

Northern Virginia has become a prime venue to target vulnerable teens looking for affection.  In January of this year, a collaboration of about 60 public and private agencies in Fairfax County launched the “Just Ask” prevention project in an attempt to eliminate the growing problem of human trafficking.  The campaign stresses the importance of adults showing concern for what is going on in teens’ lives and giving teens options to “Just Ask” for help in troubling times. (more…)

Do you know what you’re telling me (and the rest of the world)?

Written By Matt Angelicola, Thomson Reuters

I have not actually spoken to more than five people I graduated high school with nearly twenty years ago; however, I am “friends” with almost 200 of them on social media.  I read about their marriages, children, and new homes all the time.  I get an intimate look into the lives of 195 people all over the world who probably couldn’t pick me out of a line-up and they don’t care.  So what’s my point?  Well, first off, I think social media is a wonderful thing and I’m glad I get to be connected to people whom I otherwise would not get a chance to see.  There is a treasure trove of information that users may unintentionally allow anyone and (in some cases) everyone to know.  (more…)

Crush crime with Thomson Reuters at the BACIAA

BACIAA LogoThe 2014 California Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association (CCIAA) will have its annual training conference held in Petaluma, CA hosted by the Bay Area Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association (BACIAA). This year the focus is on Harvesting Data-Crushing Crime, and how you can do that with data solutions presented by vendors and fellows at the conference. There will be many excellent speakers, presenters and vendors for analysts of all skill levels to meet and learn from. Thomson Reuters will be presenting CLEAR® and how to integrate it into your research for a better overall investigation.

With CLEAR it is easy to dive deep and get the leads you need to crush crime. Our new integrated partnerships allow us to provide you with on-the-minute real time data. This includes Real-time Arrest and Incarceration records, NPI Medicare fraud, and even top of the line World-Check information. We also will be showing how to use our Palantir Connector tool, and how easily it integrates into your investigative research. Come visit the Thomson Reuters CLEAR booth while you are at the BACIAA Conference – you will find all the answers you need in one solution.

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

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.


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.


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.

Thomson Reuters Exhibitor Booth

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.