LAPD database hailed as breakthrough in preventing terrorism

December 18, 2008
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The Los Angeles Police Department has pioneered a low-tech system for logging suspicious activity to look for patterns that could indicate terrorism — a system that Washington, D.C., police are adopting in the run-up to Inauguration Day. LAPD uses standardized labels to create a database of suspicious behavior, enabling analysts to “connect the dots” before an attack can take place. “Once this matures, I think this will be part of the homeland-security lifeblood,” says the police commander in Chicago, one of 12 cities and states moving to adopt the system. (WSJ)