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Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice; Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative; Five in 5—Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council

The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council’s (CICC) Five in 5 is a snapshot of law enforcement and criminal intelligence-related articles, resources, and research that may be of interest to CICC members and partners working to improve the nation’s ability to develop and share criminal intelligence. 

The CICC’s mission—to advocate for and support state, local, and tribal law enforcement and homeland security agencies and personnel in their efforts to develop and share criminal intelligence for the promotion of public safety and the security of our nation—is important, contemporary, and essential.  Five in 5 is provided for your information and awareness as an effort to assist the criminal intelligence community in understanding trends, training, and activities that may impact law enforcement and criminal intelligence.  You are encouraged to share this e-mail with your association members, colleagues, department/organization personnel, and others, as appropriate. Please contact to submit an article for consideration in the CICC’s Five in 5.

1. Technology

States Band Together for Large-Scale Cloud Purchasing Agreement

Utah has taken the lead on what state information technology (IT) leaders have hailed as the largest cloud hosting services agreement to date.  Through the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) Value Point program, state officials and their partners have been hashing out the details of what will equate to a collective procurement agreement expected to benefit more than 34 states.  The Value Point platform gives states purchasing similar items cooperative buying power as one organization rather than on a state-by-state basis.  The final cooperative agreement, expected in August, will help a cadre of states move forward with cloud service procurement through a cohesive cooperative bargaining agreement and vetted contractors.  Read More

2. Fusion Centers

Strengthening Cyber Defenses Through Fusion Center Engagement

With the explosion of hacktivism and other forms of cybercrimes in recent years, fusion centers have increased their intelligence gathering and their focus on cybersecurity.  The level at which state and local law enforcement and private industry are involved with fusion centers varies by area, but to measurably reduce cyber vulnerability, state and local governments must interact regularly with fusion centers and encourage more private companies to share information.  Four recommendations are provided to help state and local governments engage with fusion centers.  Read More

3. Facial Recognition

Anti-Surveillance Clothing Aims to Hide Wearers From Facial Recognition

The Hyperface project involves printing patterns onto clothing or textiles, which then appear to have eyes, mouths, and other features that a computer can interpret as a face.  This new kind of camouflage aims to reduce the confidence score of facial detection and recognition by providing false faces that distract computer vision algorithms from facial recognition software—the kind used by social media, online retailers, law enforcement, and the military.  Read More

4. Information Sharing

INTERPOL Washington Attends INTERPOL Head Conference

On March 7–9, senior leaders from INTERPOL Washington and the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB) participated in the annual International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCB) conference in Lyon, France.  The conference highlighted the need for increased sharing of biometric data, such as fingerprints, DNA, and facial recognition, and enhanced use of INTERPOL’s firearms tracing and ballistic data sharing capabilities—INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network (IBIN).  INTERPOL Washington supports more than 18,000 local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States as well as their foreign counterparts seeking assistance in transnational criminal investigations.  To date in 2017, two major high-profile cases have benefited from INTERPOL Washington assistance: (1) bringing down four multimillion-dollar international fraud and money laundering schemes and (2) the arrest of an individual wanted for murder in the Dominican Republic.  Read More

5. Cybersecurity Training

Most Hackers Can Access Systems and Steal Valuable Data Within 24 Hours: Nuix Black Report

Cybercrime is an ever-growing issue for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement.  With advancements in technology, coupled with the oversharing of personal information, law enforcement needs to not only ensure the public’s safety online but also be cognizant of the digital footprint that people are leaving behind.  The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) has developed an online training course based on the Understanding Digital Footprints—Steps to Protect Personal Information resource.  The 35-minute course introduces the concept of digital footprints and best practices in protecting personal identifying information.  Topics include understanding consequences of oversharing personal information, limiting an individual’s digital footprint, protecting privacy on social media sites, and steps to take after becoming a target of doxing.  Individuals must have an NW3C online learning account and be employed by a law enforcement organization to access the training. 

Understanding Digital Footprints Training

All NW3C Training 

Additional cyber-related resources are available on the Law Enforcement Cyber Center Web site.