Winner of the 2006-2007 "Best Investigation Using ALEISS/COPLINK"*
Between 2005 and 2007 Troopers on the Kenai Peninsula had responded to reports of burglaries, thefts and drug related activities in the Sterling area north of Soldotna. In many cases there were very few leads, but the name of one potential suspect kept surfacing. A local records search for this person turned up nothing time and time again and it was if this individual was using a fake name or didn't exist at all.
In January 2007 I signed up for my ALEISS account. The first thing that came to mind to test my new ALEISS access was searching for this "mystery" person. With a little help from a Judicial Services Officer in Kenai and the local ABADE drug unit administrator we identified a person believed to be the suspect.
Using the relationship feature in ALEISS/COPLINK we were able to tie the suspect to a second individual already charged in these same crimes. We were able to identify possible items that were stolen on the Kenai Peninsula and pawned in Anchorage. All of this was accomplished within 48 hours. We could see where the two suspects who claim not to know each other shares phone numbers, residential addresses and frequented the same pawn shops at the same time.
There are several individual cases being currently investigated involving these two suspects. Without ALEISS these cases might have gone unsolved or consumed an unacceptable amount of human and monetary resources.
Trooper Terrence Shanigan
Trooper Shanigan displays his AACOP award.
The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) will present the award "Best Investigation Using ALEISS/COPLINK" each year at the Alaska Peace Officers Association Crime Conference. The submissions are judged by AACOP board of Directors.