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Crime Gun Connect - online platform to assist law enforcement agencies


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Attorney General Kwame Raoul was joined today by Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan F. Kelly, law enforcement representatives, and gun safety advocates to announce a new state-of-the-art online platform to assist law enforcement agencies in investigating gun crimes and identifying the sources of illegal guns. Raoul announced the new platform – dubbed Crime Gun Connect – at a press conference this morning in Chicago.
“To solve crimes committed using firearms, we are turning more and more towards technology and increasing information sharing opportunities to help expand the reach and coordination of law enforcement agencies and the justice system,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “ISP created a portal that has grown over the years into a one-stop-shop where law enforcement can get intelligence for crime-gun related enforcement, and now includes the Crime Gun Connect tool.”

https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2022_06/20220629.html
 

 

 
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How gracious they will allow the public to access a smaller subset of data, not all the data.

so if you start data scraping now in a few years you will have access to more then what they offer now?

 

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Crime Gun Connect is an investigative tool accessible only by Illinois law enforcement officials. However, Raoul’s office also introduced a free online resource to allow the public to access crime-gun data. Visitors to the website can access data related to crime-guns traced in Illinois since 2010, over the last year and over the last 30 days. The website provides aggregate totals of crime-gun recoveries by region and illustrates how many of those firearms were first sold by out-of-state retailers. The site can be accessed through the Attorney General’s website.

 

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Raoul noted federal law prevents the digitizing of firearms records which makes it cumbersome for investigators to search and utilize those records. However, thanks to a series of legal exceptions, the platform contains more than 100,000 records from approximately 200 Illinois agencies dating back to 2009.

According to Raoul, the system incorporates mapping technology and an algorithm which helps identify individuals who are involved in gun trafficking.

While the system is not accessible to the public, officials showed a series of screenshots to demonstrate its functionality. View that demonstration, along with all of the statements made by the law enforcement and community advocate leaders, in the video above.

All Illinois law enforcement agencies will have access to the system at no cost.

 

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