ConnectedCOPS, LexisNexis® Recognize Vancouver Police Department Detective for use of Social Media in Investigations
September 13, 2012 — Detective Constable Ian Barraclough Honored for his Efforts in Apprehending Several Pedophiles, Child Pornographers
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, in conjunction with ConnectedCOPS announced the winner of the ConnectedCOPS Social Media Investigator Award. This award is given to an investigator from a law enforcement agency, who has used social media to successfully solve crimes, while adhering to appropriate security measures and supervisions of the investigation. This year’s award was presented to Detective Constable Ian Barraclough of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) during the Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference held this week in Richmond, Virginia. Detective Barraclough is also now a finalist for the LexisNexis “One Step Closer” award, which will be presented during the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in early fall.
“Detective Barraclough has demonstrated a high-level of competency in navigating his way through major social networking sites, retrieving data and preserving it for court,” said Bob Stewart, Manager, VPD. “His first online investigation was of a pedophile. Utilizing his social media skills, Detective Barraclough developed a profile that connected to an individual who was luring under-age girls over the Internet and distributing images of child pornography. The investigation subsequently led to the arrest, charge and conviction of the suspect.”
Detective Barraclough is an Internet-based investigator with the VPD. Leveraging the investigative training he received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he has been directly responsible for the arrest of several pedophiles and child pornographers. He also works closely with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State in social media-related investigative initiatives resulting in the identification and apprehension of terrorists, money-launderers and individuals that pose threats to U.S. politicians.
“Detective Barraclough is being recognized for his initiative in the use of social media to help in the investigative process,” said Haywood J. Talcove, chief executive officer, Government, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “We congratulate Detective Barraclough for leveraging social media to apprehend pedophiles and prevent the distribution of child pornography, as well as his efforts in collaborating across borders with U.S. federal agencies and state jurisdictions,” added Talcove.
The purpose of the ConnectedCOPS platform is to enhance law officers’ ability to successfully investigate with social media by providing insight, encouragement, education and overall support. “We are always on the lookout for law enforcement professionals that embrace social media as a supporting tool for investigations,” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and ConnectedCOPS. Ms. Stevens also said “Detective Barraclough’s relentless commitment in this regard deserves to be recognized.”
LexisNexis partners with leading industry associations to recognize officers during major law enforcement events throughout the year, and presents the overall winner of their “One Step Closer” award during the annual IACP conference. The awards program is designed to honor leaders in federal, state and local government for excellence in the use of open or third-party information sources to bring government cases, problems or investigations “one step closer” to resolution.
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