By now, most of us have heard of cases where law enforcement professionals found incriminating evidence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and then used that evidence to gain a conviction in court.
Anyone who watches NCIS would think this is standard operating procedure in police work today. Indeed, the recent Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel and Their Use of Social Media (conducted by LexisNexis® Risk Solutions 2014) supports that. This survey of the law enforcement community shows that eight out of 10 law enforcement professionals actively use social media as a tool in investigations.
But the waters run murky when it comes to presenting this digital evidence in a courtroom.
Thousands of adult probationers and parolees are transferred across state lines every year. Some of the transferees are potentially dangerous or high-risk—and notifying local law enforcement in the receiving state of these offender transfers can raise officer awareness and safety.
SEARCH partnered with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) to develop and pilot a new information exchange that uses state fusion centers to provide offender transfer notifications to local law enforcement agencies.