Guest Post from David Iorillo, Detective, San Diego Police Department
After almost a decade with the San Diego police force, I’ve closed some career-defining cases and have also encountered some maddeningly difficult ones. It’s always the difficult ones that make you acutely aware of what I view as one of law enforcement’s biggest weaknesses - inefficient information sharing.
Borders - county, state, federal - are meaningless to criminals and particularly to organized retail crime crews. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for law enforcement.
Just to give you an idea, I’ve worked on retail crime cases that spanned 20 states. More often than not, retail crime crosses into multiple police departments’ jurisdiction lines, but our traditional data sharing protocols and methods aren’t designed to pass along information fast enough to have an impact. Factor in cell phones and other technologies that allow criminals to communicate quickly, and it’s easy to see why rapid information sharing is absolutely critical for law enforcement.