Published on 27-Mar-2013
"By applying Analyst’s Notebook’s SNA capabilities, we were able to disrupt an organized crime ring in Kilmarnock and continue to use those techniques to ensure there is no reformation." - Andrew Hill, Intelligence Analyst, HMP Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock Prison is a 500 cell maximum security prison in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 692 prisoners. Due to the large number of prisoners, the inhabitants in this prison often function as a small criminal community with organized crime rings and even illegal trafficking of drugs and mobile telephones.
Prison officials knew an organized crime group was forming within their prison walls but the leader of this group had insulated himself so well that the officials faced many challenges in trying to break up the ring.
After attending an IBM webinar on Social Network Analysis (SNA), an analyst at Kilmarnock recommended that the investigator use Analyst’s Notebook’s SNA features to dissect and disable the criminal ring.
Analyst’s Notebook not only helped the Kilmarnock Prison intelligence analysts disable an organized crime ring being led by one of their high profile prisoners, but the insights they uncovered continue to help prison officials stay on top of organized crime within their prison.
Kilmarnock Prison is a 500 cell maximum security prison in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 692 prisoners. Due to the large number of prisoners, the inhabitants in this prison often function as a small criminal community with organized crime rings and even illegal trafficking of drugs and mobile telephones. When a notorious member of an organized crime group from Glasgow was sent to Kilmarnock, he quickly took advantage of this small community and began organizing a new network to conduct his illegal business from within the prison walls.
Shortly after his arrival, the prison officials and analysts noticed an increase of drug and mobile telephone activity and quickly set out to break up the new crime ring. However, this high profile prisoner had experience in leading a national crime group and was well distanced and protected from the illegal activities he conducted in Kilmarnock. Therefore, the prison officials did not have enough evidence to justify segregating the prisoner from the rest of the prison community nor could they find another prison willing to take him. This left the investigators and analysts with the challenge of breaking up his crime ring without touching him.
Applying Social Network Analysis to organized crime
Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Kilmarnock analysts had always used IBM® i2® Analyst’s Notebook® as a briefing tool. However, upon attending an IBM webinar on Social Network Analysis (SNA), intelligence analysts at Kilmarnock quickly learned that Analyst’s Notebook could be an integral asset in breaking up this organized crime network. By leveraging the intelligence gathered from Closed Circuit Television, other prisoners and the prison staff, the analysts were able to create a visual depiction of the network, highlighting the more important players and downplaying the less significant ones. For instance, by applying Analyst’s Notebook’s SNA capabilities to this information, the analysts were able to determine which players had the most contact with the head of the network, attribute weight to the more significant players and monitor how information flowed through the network to the various supporting players. The more information the analysts got from their sources, the clearer the organization of the criminal network became.
Disrupt and manage criminal networks
By leveraging the SNA features of Analyst’s Notebook, the analysts at Kilmarnock were able to develop a cohesive picture of the organized criminal network and break down the network without having to segregate the head of the network or transfer him to another prison. In addition, the insights gleaned from this investigation and analysis continues to serve the prison officials in a live document, helping them to monitor the network’s leader and his relationships and preventing him from reorganizing his network with new players.
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