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Peregrine 101: Solving crimes

By Ed Medrano

With Peregrine, investigators can do their jobs with conviction, accessing all the information they need at their fingertips to formulate better hypotheses, get answers precisely and quickly, and ultimately find the insights and connections they need to solve a case.

Peregrine 101: Solving crimes

One of the primary responsibilities of law enforcement agencies is to solve and prevent crimes. Compared to 2019, there’s been a 50% increase in homicides in “major U.S. cities” and a roughly 36% increase in aggravated assaults in 2022. Victims, family members, and friends all deserve justice.

To effectively solve crimes, investigators need context and information quickly. The reason the first 48 hours matter so much, why every second counts, is because relevant context dissipates with every passing minute. Data shows that persistence and manpower investigating a crime matter, too.

In order to gain context and solve crimes, detectives must tenaciously and relentlessly sift through massive amounts of information, like people, places, events, and documents.

Typically, that information is siloed across dozens of disparate systems, like evidence and record management systems, body camera footage, and a multitude of public and private video systems the department is authorized to access — to name a few. Some pertinent information may be in unwieldy PDFs or handwritten notes. Other helpful data may be in sources that aren’t obvious, like a record of a traffic incident. And even when detectives can access information, it’s static, not real-time information — so any data that should be dynamic, like a criminal record, might have information missing depending on when the data is accessed.

Stale, disconnected data makes modern investigations challenging and onerous. That’s why Peregrine integrates all the data from a department’s systems into one platform — so detectives can access real-time data in Peregrine and find real-world links to solve crimes.

With Peregrine, investigators can do their jobs with conviction, accessing all the information they need at their fingertips to formulate better hypotheses, get answers precisely and quickly, and ultimately find the insights and connections they need to solve a case.

Everything investigators need in one platform

Peregrine enables detectives to seamlessly and quickly access all of a department’s data — like criminal records, dispatch information, case management systems, videos from body cameras, evidence, and more — all in one platform. The platform can integrate information from external sources like Google Maps, as well as other federal, state, and local agencies like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), ensuring investigators always have all the data they need.

Peregrine’s platform and universal search capabilities enable investigators to form better hypotheses by asking better questions of their data. Because all sources of information are in one place, investigators get more complete answers to their initial questions, jumpstarting the investigative process.

Peregrine also dynamically links information together — like partial license plates in one system, and ALPR and city camera footage in others — enabling detectives to explore relevant information, find new leads, and advance cases with more precise, timely information. And as investigators form new hypotheses, Peregrine’s dynamic platform can keep pace with their needs, flexibly adjusting to more advanced queries and links between more complex data sets.

As the process continues and investigators probe more deeply, Peregrine enables them to find the insights and connections needed to see the bigger picture and achieve the breakthrough moments that help them solve cases.

Better data, better policing

Leveraging real-time data can also inform better approaches to policing, which can also prevent and mitigate crimes.

Peregrine enables department leadership to better and more quickly identify crime trends and involved persons by surfacing links between real-time data. When decision-makers are equipped with a deeper understanding of crime trends and data on the root causes of crimes, crime prevention efforts will be more successful.

Solutions can be crafted with information and perspectives from crime analysts, investigators, and patrol officers. Law enforcement agencies can be empowered to work with social service organizations and their community to collaborate on the best approaches for making a positive impact, using the trend data from Peregrine as a foundation for the best decisions.

Whether it’s solving an individual crime or cultivating better strategies to fight crime across your community, Peregrine can help. Get in touch today.

About Ed Medrano

Edward Medrano is currently the President of a private consulting firm and provides his experience and insight to help improve security, operations, and efficiency in government agencies. Ed also currently serves as the Interim Director of Safety and Security for the Los Angeles Community College District.

Ed has previously served the Attorney General as the Chief of the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) for the CA Department of Justice. As DLE-Chief, he was responsible for the Division’s four bureaus—Investigations, Gambling, Firearms, and Forensics.

Before his DOJ position, Edward had over thirty years of Public Service, including eleven years as a Police Chief and two years as a City Manager. Chief Medrano has served as the President of both the California Police Chiefs Association and The Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association. Ed has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern CA (USC) at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and as an instructor in the California Police Chief’s Association’s Role of the Police Chief course for the last five years.

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