Technology makes fantasy a reality for Virginia State Police

Police investigators are constantly changing and advancing the way they do their work, as a result of technological improvements that seemed unattainable not long ago.

“The technology is certainly not slowing down,” said John Defilippi, a Virginia State Police captain who provides Virginia law enforcement services to the people and visitors of the state.

“The things we saw on TV, when people saw CSI, that was quite a fantasy …

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Police investigators are constantly changing and advancing the way they do their work, as a result of technological improvements that seemed unattainable not long ago.

“The technology is certainly not slowing down,” said John Defilippi, a Virginia State Police captain who provides Virginia law enforcement services to the people and visitors of the state.

“The things we saw on TV, when people saw CSI, it was pretty fancy, but now it’s becoming a reality,” Defilippi said.

For example, a new rapid DNA program being used by the department could provide DNA results in less than two hours, allowing investigators to quickly confirm the suspects or excuse the innocent.

Researchers using older technologies would have to wait several days, even if a result in the lab was in a hurry.

“At that point, the case may turn out in a way that you can’t recover,” Defilippi said.

Other high-tech tools are laser scanners that provide accurate 3D sketches of crime scenes and allow police to take pictures and reconstruct the entire scene, using a computer, similar to what real estate agents offer for virtual home visits.

With this technology, police in a courtroom can almost walk the jury through the crime scene so that investigators can see everything they saw when they were physically there.

“The ability to write and present a map of the crime scene is far greater than any of us would have expected when we had to use tape measure and human eye evidence to measure where we were,” Defilippi said. he said.

Defilippi added that his agency “is able to expand this across the Commonwealth to support these specializations and resources for our local partners to further their research.”

The dangers of technology

However, there are risks associated with certain technological advances, and one of the biggest threats to technology faced by Virginia State Police investigators is fraud, as criminals try to obtain personal information from victims.

Technology has allowed scammers to use dialing machines that randomly distribute phone numbers, which seems to be able to call from a legitimate number.

Not only do these machines hide the actual number of scammers, they are able to make thousands of calls in a short amount of time.

“Scammers only need to do 10 thousand or 100 thousand times to make their mark and make some kind of economic profit,” Defilippi explained.

Some scammers appear to be with the IRS, while others claim to be members of law enforcement agencies such as the Virginia State Police or the FBI.

According to Defilippi, it is important for everyone to recognize that “a law enforcement agency will not ask for credit card information or financial information over the phone.”

“If you think it’s too good to be true or if you find it suspicious, check before giving any kind of information,” Defilippi added.

Law enforcement relations

Virginia State Police is a law enforcement agency that covers many areas of the law enforcement community, but it does not work alone.

It often coordinates with federal, state, and local partners to share intelligence, compare crime trends, and establish working groups that specialize in narcotics, human trafficking, and cybercrime investigations, among others.

“It’s often been said that we don’t want to be in a crisis for the first time we know someone,” Defilippi said. “That’s why we work so hard to ensure that we build and promote all of these relationships on a regular basis and that we are constantly communicating.”

Relationships with the private sector are also essential.

Many of the technological advances currently based on the police are products from private companies.

Researchers use mobile phone data and electronic evidence while searching for suspects, which requires interaction with private Internet and telecommunications companies.

Private sector financial firms also play a role in providing information if they identify a suspicious transaction. This will allow police to investigate money laundering and other traffic offenses.

“If you see something, say something at the time, we extend this to all crimes, not just terrorism,” Defilippi said.

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