FBI case files are now just a click away

FBI case files are now just a click away


With the May 1 implementation of a case management system for the FBI's Innocent Images program, agents can access an entire case file in one click.

'Till now, agents have had to use a mainframe and weave their way to access information on their cases,' said Diane Chandler, program manager for Vredenburg, the Reston, Va., company that has a $1.5 million contract to implement the system.

The company has come up with a custom application that will tap an Oracle8i database to develop profiles and identify predatory offenders who use the Internet to sexually exploit children. The database can support up to 30 tables of records with each table supporting 300 million links.

The front-end reporting application combines C++ and the HighView SDIC scripting language from Vredenburg subsidiary Highland Technologies.

'It will help us capture information, analyze it and retrieve it more efficiently,' said April Brooks, program manager at the FBI. 'It will help us manage investigations on a national basis.'

Logical connections

Agents working on the undercover program, which began in 1995, investigate people suspected of using computers and telecommunications tools to recruit minors into illicit sexual relationships, and to receive or distribute child pornography.

The system, which is accessible by PCs on the FBI's secure network, is first being used by the FBI's field office in Baltimore.

Chandler said the system would let users create logical connections between 'like intelligence.' For instance, if a suspect shows up in five different online locations using similar screen names, users can build a relationship between the names and create a record of that information.

Previously, cases were documented using Corel WordPerfect. E-mail, image, audio and video files could not be attached to the documents, Chandler said. Old files have been converted for use by the new system.


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