Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $88,528)
The New Hampshire Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force has identified the need to develop an intelligence-led policing framework to help better understand, analyze, investigate, and solve violent crime cases. For this PSN initiative, there will be a collaboration with the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) to leverage new technology that will enable greater intelligence collection and provide resources to better assist law enforcement with ongoing investigations and overall understanding of violent crime in the state. The main components of this initiative will be to assist in the integration of current state criminal intelligence systems with access to COBWEBS Software for case support, enhanced crime analysis, and open-source threat intelligence.
Threats posted online need to be detected as soon as possible. Vast amounts of web data add an extra layer of complexity to the tracking process of threats. Demand for advanced tools that provide law enforcement with intelligent insights from vast amounts of web data is critical and a growing need. The use of a web intelligence service to detect threats and locate the suspect as soon as possible are imperative in today’s threat landscape.
The PSN Task Force is aware that a significant amount of gang activity occurs online. COBWEBS will be set up to locate relevant gang intelligence through automated monitoring tools. Analysts will then use that data to provide law enforcement with more robust gang intelligence impacting the state. Additionally, state-wide trainings are proposed with these new resources to include the importance of information sharing regarding gangs and gang activity throughout the state. Through partnering on dedicated trainings for use of intelligence and COBWEBS, more information sharing will be beneficial to this initiative.
The NHIAC will be utilizing this intelligence-led policing framework and is a division under New Hampshire Department of Safety. The NHIAC is an information and analysis center for crime directed as the most serious threats to New Hampshire.
COBWEBS is a proprietary software that NHIAC will purchase to support this ILP initiative. COBWEBS is a web-intelligence tool that allows users to conduct deep web, dark web, and other open-source intelligence (OSINT) searches and monitorings.
The primary stakeholders of this project are the citizens of New Hampshire. The addition of a capable web intelligence service will be impactful to increasing public safety and safeguarding businesses located throughout the state.