Company donates funds to charities in name of award-winning police agencies
Vigilant Solutions – an AI and data analytics company that provides technology to public safety – today announced it awarded its Vigilant Communities Award at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Orlando, Fla., to three law enforcement agencies: Brookhaven Police Department (BPD), Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and New Jersey State Police (NJSP). The Vigilant Communities Awards program recognizes law enforcement agencies for the exceptional use of artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent and solve crime.
“We are honored to present the Vigilant Communities Award to these three police agencies,” said Shawn Smith, Founder and President of Vigilant Solutions. “Each agency has distinguished itself in using technology to prevent crime by arresting prolific offenders. They are among our nation’s top innovators in using AI technology to solve cases and keep their communities safe. We look forward to watching them continue to innovate and model the use of technology to achieve success in the law enforcement community.”
BPD received its Vigilant Communities Award for building an outstanding partnership between public and private sectors to utilize shared automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology for the reduction and prevention of crime. The BPD pioneered a public-private collaboration that has allowed for the installation of 44 ALPR readers city-wide creating an invisible fence to protect its residents.
For example, in mid-2018, the metro Atlanta area saw an identifiable trend among several burglary crews who were using yellow crowbars to forcibly enter commercial buildings. During that time, a Brookhaven convenience store fell victim to one such burglary. Video evidence showed that the suspect vehicle was a gold SUV. The BPD queried the Vigilant investigative platform and learned that a gold Nissan Murano passed an ALPR camera entering the City of Brookhaven shortly before and one-half mile away from the burglary. This information provided a critical lead that investigators needed to locate a suspect and issue arrest and search warrants, where bright yellow crowbars were found inside the suspect’s car.
In honor of BPD, Vigilant Solutions is donating $2,000 in its name to the Brookhaven Police Foundation – a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. The Foundation provides scholarships for officers in school, charitable contributions to the ‘Shop with a Badge’ outreach program and a line-of-duty death benefit payable to the officer’s beneficiary.
The LVMPD received its Vigilant Communities Award for its exceptional use of AI via ALPR to solve crimes and close cases. For example, on August 25, 2017, in the southeast corner of the Las Vegasvalley, three hooded and armed suspects robbed an armored truck in a bank parking lot. This armored truck robbery was the fourth of its kind in a matter of a few weeks. Up until that time, there were little to no leads for investigators to focus on. On this date, a partial plate was obtained at the scene. That license plate was entered into Vigilant Solutions investigative platform, which catapulted the investigation forward. Within two more weeks, the armed and violent robbery suspects would be arrested. The arrest would take place in a bank parking lot, with the perpetrators wearing masks and carrying guns, with the intent to complete their fifth armored truck/ bank robbery. The closure and prevention of additional violent crime would not have been possible without the use of the ALPR system.
In honor of LVMPD, Vigilant Solutions is donating $2,000 in its name to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, a fund established to aid victims of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The NJSP received its Vigilant Communities Award for its exceptional use of AI technology via gun crime mapping to solve crimes and close cases. NJSP has been using GunOps – an interactive investigation tool that allows firearm examiners, detectives and intelligence analysts to work as a team, linking crimes, guns and suspects. Via GunOps, NJSP has been sharing National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), ALPR and Records Management System data statewide to over 700 users, including state police homicide detectives, users at eight state crime labs and district attorneys’ offices, as well as with federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
NJSP uses GunOps – a solution driven by artificial intelligence – to show links to shootings that occurred across jurisdictions. The sharing of intelligence has helped NJSP cross-reference the additional information that is appended to NIBIN in GunOps and share this intelligence statewide to find commonality between crimes and generate leads. With this platform they have been successful in disrupting gun violence cycles and reversing the trend of cross border hits that at its high exceeded 48 percent. Gun crime is down over 20 percent and ballistics processing productivity is up over 300 percent.
In honor of NJSP, Vigilant Solutions is donating $2,000 in its name to The Officer Down Memorial Page1, Inc., (ODMP), a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 22,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States since 1791.