world of online communities has opened a new resource
to solving crimes, especially the ‘cold case’. On every
police departments books are ‘cold cases’ and progress
in finding the offender has come to a halt.
week I have a look at online Sleuths. A growing number
of communities worldwide that look for evidence to crack
the cold case and to provide the police with leads.
is a long tradition of vigilantes, bounty-hunters, and
private eyes who cast a shadow in the law enforcement
terrain. How do the new digital sleuths fit into this
traditional framework? Are they welcomed by the police
and others in the law enforcement community?
week I looked at the current state of data collection
and use technology by law enforcement officials to predict
future wrong doing. This week, I examine whether these
online communities are contributing a useful service that
assistance law enforcement officers in solving crimes.
essay this week is entitled The
Online Sleuths and the Cold Case.
the essay and I’d encourage you to send along your opinion.