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Building a data-driven law enforcement strategy


Data-driven law enforcement strategies are integral to realize and improve effectiveness, and minimize risks. However, many law enforcement agencies struggle to reconcile data gathered from a range of different systems such as records management systems, a computer aided dispatch, mobile field devices, video devices, crime analysis tools, and more. Law enforcement is also seeing a rise in advanced initiatives such as intelligence-led policing and evidence-based policing. These methodologies require deeper and broader insights derived from multiple data sets in order to move from a reactive policing position to a more proactive policing position.

When this data is aggregated and analyzed effectively it can result in benefits like expedited processing of suspects, decreased downtime and increased uptime in both the field and the station, reduced costs from lost hours of inefficient data processing, and significantly improved analytical capabilities. On the other hand, when data is not handled correctly, critical evidence can be thrown out in court due to avoidable digital data issues.

The procedures in this use case show how you can use Splunk software to realize the benefits of an effective, data-driven law enforcement strategy.

This article is part of the Use Case Explorer for Splunk Platform, which is designed to help you identify and implement prescriptive use cases that drive incremental business value. In the Use Case Explorer, this article is part of Public Sector.

Required data

Law enforcement data, which might include:

  • Criminal investigations data
  • Insider threat data
  • Human trafficking data
  • Counterterrorism data
  • Health care fraud data
  • Fraud investigations data (Covid-19, PPE)

Next steps

Splunk can ingest a wide variety of data sources that are useful to law enforcement including call records, cell tower data, device logs, and network traffic logs. When your Splunk deployment is ingesting these sources, you can investigate many common law enforcement use cases in the areas of:

  • Cyber crime
  • Personal crime
  • Property crime
  • Financial crime
  • Organized crime
  • Public corruption
  • Amber or silver alerts
  • Social media investigations

This additional Splunk resource might help you understand and implement this use case:

For more information on using Splunk software for law enforcement purposes, see Splunk for public safety. You can also contribute to the Splunk law enforcement Github repository, or contact to learn more about Splunk for law enforcement.

Still need help with this use case? Most customers have OnDemand Services per their license support plan. Engage the ODS team at if you require assistance.