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MAGLOCLEN Provides Action Response Plans for Schools
By Steve Tori, MAGLOCLEN Senior Supervisory Intelligence Analyst

Active shooter incidents across America are at an all-time high.  In 2017, there were 30 separate active shootings in the United States, the largest number ever recorded during a one-year period (FBI, Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters, June 2018).  Even more alarming is the fact that many of these premeditated attacks target our most vulnerable population—children attending school.  Regardless of an individual’s motive, troubling warning signs, or tactics, American law enforcement personnel must prepare and train for these tragic events…

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RISS Center Highlight-ROCIC

Lessons Learned From the ROCIC Spring Training Conference

How do you dismantle a Colombian drug cartel? Attendees obtained valuable information at the ROCIC Spring Membership Training Conference held on March 18–21, 2018, in St. Augustine, Florida. Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña chronicled their contributions in the takedown of the infamous Colombian narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar and his Medellin Cartel, who was the largest cocaine distributor…

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2018 Issue 3

RISS Centers Make a Difference Every Day


“The RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) database is a valuable tool for investigators.  Thank you for providing such a tremendous resource.” 

—Sergeant Scott Gallerani
Plainville, Massachusetts, Police Department

“You provided us with analytical products in a manner that exceeded all expectations.  As a result of your work, the visual evidence was overwhelming and helped play a direct role in the plea agreements.  I can assure you that our agency will be reaching out to MOCIC in the future for similar investigations.”

—Detective Sean Edmondson
Arlington Heights, Illinois, Police Department

Shared Successes

A case agent with the Yolo County, California, District Attorney’s Office contacted the WSIN analytical staff for assistance with a homicide case in which the defendant fatally stabbed the boyfriend of his estranged wife.  The WSIN staff developed communication analysis charts and a PowerPoint presentation and testified in court regarding the WSIN analytical products.  The defendant was convicted and received a sentence of 16 years to life in state prison.

The Maricopa County, Arizona, Attorney’s Office and the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department contacted the RMIN analytical staff for assistance with enhancing a critical surveillance video as well as mapping a cell phone for one of three suspects involved in the shooting homicide of a 17 year old male.  The RMIN staff mapped the suspect’s cell phone and provided a chronological timeline of communications between multiple suspects that proved critical to the success of the prosecution.  The case went to trial against two suspects.  The jury returned a guilty verdict against both defendants for first degree murder.  According to the prosecutor, RMIN’s analysis and testimony were an important part of the case.  Afterwards, the jury indicated that the phone evidence was critical to the convictions.

Celebrating 45 Years of RISS

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the RISS Program. The RISS Directors, RISS Center staff, and the RISS Technology Support Center staff are proud of this milestone and honored to serve our nation’s criminal justice community. For more than 4 decades, RISS has been committed to advancing information sharing, providing critical investigative support services, and safeguarding our law enforcement officers and citizens.

RISS looks forward to bringing you the highest quality services and state of the art resources as it embarks on its next 45 years. Thank you for supporting the RISS Program and for joining us in this celebration.

To view the 45 year anniversary video, click here.


Your RISS Chief Information Officer, Matt McDonald, is representing you at numerous nationwide meetings and working to identify new resources and partnerships to help you in your efforts. Questions or ideas?

Contact Matt at mmcdonald@riss.net

Technology Corner

Law Enforcement Experts From Across the Nation Help Design RISSIntel 4.0

In an effort to build RISSIntel 4.0 from the ground up as a Software as a Service (SaaS) criminal intelligence system, RISS is partnering with law enforcement subject experts to gain valuable insight in designing this next generation RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel).

RISS identified subject experts from around the country to participate in a RISSIntel 4.0 planning meeting at the WSIN RISS Center in Sacramento, California, in September.  The meeting will draw on the law enforcement expertise of the subject experts and the technology and administrative expertise of RISS Center and RISS Technology Support Center (RTSC) staff to design and engineer the new intelligence database.  RISSIntel 4.0 will deliver an entirely redrawn experience for the RISSIntel user.  By combining the latest technology and adaptive strategies, RISS can be more responsive with its software solutions while maintaining its cost-effective approach to criminal intelligence information sharing.  RISSIntel 4.0 aims to combine the very best of today’s technology with time-proven investigative and research tools to maximize the effectiveness of users’ investigations.

SaaS enables RISS to expand the availability and scope of RISSIntel by making it available to more law enforcement agencies of all sizes and budgets.  RISSIntel 4.0 will reside on the RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET) and will enable subscribing agencies to exchange criminal intelligence information with current and future RISSIntel partners.  The SaaS model will enable RISSIntel to be more responsive and agile with its services and security in a more cost-effective manner.  Each agency will have a user interface that is branded for the agency and will have control over who has access to its data.  RISS is proud to be working toward providing RISSIntel 4.0 to its members in the near future.