Criminal Justice as a Service – Microsoft’s Viewpoint

In a recent blog post, Microsoft talks about criminals being global threat. It says crime travels borders and has high mobility. According to Microsoft, Criminal Justice as a Service (CJaS) can help a long way in solving cases as well as preventing crimes. Crime is designed to be highly mobile as the crime organizers coordinate and disperse their illegal activity from anywhere on the planet. It says the influence of crime continues to encourage and foster new recruits every day.


Criminal Justice as a Service

This has become a challenge that our police forces have to face. First they have to identify the nature of crime and where it originated. The worst thing about cybercrime is to determine if at all any crime has been committed. Normal crime scenes would leave footprints but in case of cybercrimes, the cybercriminals are smart enough not to leave any footprints and hence it becomes difficult to ascertain if there was a crime committed. Anyway, coming back to the Microsoft blog, it says that combatting any type of crime needs an integrated approach to modernize and introduce evolutions into our justice agencies.

It identifies three trends that need to be integrated while dealing with any type of crime. The three trends are listed below.

The need for life cycle information on assaults – Police officials need to have enough data so that they can identify the patterns related to crime. For the purpose, law enforcement departments can used shared clouds so that data is available readily and patterns could be studied using any of the data analyzing techniques. Handling of non-correlated data as well as structured data stored in data warehouses by the law enforcement authorities from all over the world will help in identifying the patterns.

A system of systems based approach to dynamic challenges – Crime falls into many categories and thus there is a need to categorize crimes into proper categories. Running a wildcard queries on huge databases will waste much time. If the data is entered and stored properly under different categories, it becomes easier for data scientists and law enforcing authorities in finding out what they want in an easy and better manner. The future need for a federated system enabling support to the different authorities related to different cases will be helpful in faster actions on part of those connected to solving crimes. This can be created only on an evolution based problem and process-centric transformation of case management.

Offender centric case management – The risk of radicalization in prison domain is increasing to the top of mind for offender centric organizations. Both historical behavior and ecosystems provide good insights into radicalization. These two factors, if included in a proper evolution based system, will provide law enforcement authorities and non-governmental organizations with insights into shaping the future of criminals and juveniles.

Microsoft further indicates that a single crime registry accessible to all law enforcement authorities on the planet, will transform the police, justice and prison case management platforms into a Criminal Justice as a Service (CJaS). This will provide for faster case resolutions, better rehabilitations for prisoners, and prevention of crimes.

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