Chapter 10. Coplink: An Unconventional Collaboration Revolutionizes Law Enforcement


Tucson recently had a series of incidents in which a white male and a black male were enticing young girls into their car. All the police knew about the car was that it was a yellow Cadillac with an “R” in its tag. They put these fragments of information into Coplink, and within two minutes, it came up with the suspects. Before Coplink, the leadership would have told the officers to do more drive-bys at the schools, but that probably wouldn’t have solved the problem.

 --Mike O’Shea, Program Manager, National Institute of Justice

Hsinchun Chen, the director of the University of Arizona’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, considered his operation one of the bright ...

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