“The close and trusted cooperation between the U.S. and Europe is getting even tighter. Two senior officials from Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, visit Washington, DC this week. Head of Europol Operations, Deputy Director Wil van Gemert and Head of Counter Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Manuel Navarrete, have an extensive program of talks with counterparts across the Administration, including the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Homeland Security Investigations), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of the Treasury, United States National Central Bureau Interpol, and the Intellectual Property Rights Task Force.”
This news article argues that “U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend.” Policy changes that could deter events like the above murder from occurring include increasing police data analytics capability, increasing the availability of mining software for law enforcement, and trained personnel to use the equipment to the fullest of its capacity. The downside to these recommendations are time, personnel, and budgetary constraints, as well as false-positives.
Some larger police agencies have investigated various software programs to detect threats. The LAPD had utilized PredPol to determine the time and location to optimize patrols. The LAPD is also considering Geofeedia, which mines location data from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr. Some law officials are concerned that these tool may infringe on privacy and other civil liberties.