Cary, N.C Taps SAS For Criminal Analytics


Police in the town of Cary, North Carolina are in the early stages of moving law enforcement to an analytics-based ecosystem. Cary PD recently tapped SAS to help it bring its data gathering and analysis operations onto a single platform. The police department will use SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management to power its Criminal Intelligence Unit.

“We were already doing a pretty good job of collecting data, but issues arise when you’re in a tactical situation and you have to start querying multiple different data tools to find what you need,” says Kyle Kratzer, Intelligence Investigator at the Cary Police Department in an interview with CivSource.

The new platform will alert investigators, caseworkers, and analysts about heightened risks or threats. The technology can also combine text analytics with visualizations. Users will be able to merge and manage datasets into a single view and get targeted updates about potential “hot spots”.  In addition, SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management offers roles-based security to ensure the appropriate level of access is applied to data, preventing unauthorized use.

Kratzer says the police department is still in the design phase but will be building its platform with the goal of having a full complement of investigative tools on a single platform. “We are finding new ways to use our data each year, I think that’s only going to grow over time,” he says.

With SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management, Kratzer says Cary PD will be able to support the full range of investigation types from low-level crime inquiries to complex major incident response.

SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management is supported by the new SAS Fraud and Security Intelligence Division, which launched last week. The division will be led by Stu Bradley, who was most recently SAS’ Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions. The company plans to use the group to build out its cybersecurity and fraud portfolio. Fifty new employees will be added to the division by the end of 2018.