Lithuanian crime: 19 arrests in a two-year investigation
April 19, 2018 | Brainwave Science
The Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau and the Organized Crime and Corruption Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office led one of the largest covert police operations the country has seen in recent years. Europol and different Lithuanian authorities supported this operation.
The investigation began two years ago and culminated with 19 suspects arrested today. Among them, there are leaders and core members of a network that is considered one of the most dangerous groups in the country. The poly-criminal network was based in Kaunas County, Lithuania. It operated on an international level. In this ample crime operation, there were 300 police officers involved.
Over 100 houses were searched during the operation today. Police officers found a large number of automatic and semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and explosive substances. All of them were seized.
Europol’s Deputy Executive Director Wil van Gemert commented on the operation, “Europol supported a Lithuanian-led investigation against high-value targets in an organized crime group and deployed one expert on the ground equipped with a mobile and analysis office. This allowed for real-time information exchange with foreign partners, efficient data analysis and cross-checks against Europol’s databases of data gathered during the course of the operation.”
In today’s world, authorities face more challenges than ever. It’s harder than ever to keep a nation’s border safe, while also protecting its citizens.
With the large terrorist and crime wave on the rise, authorities can’t keep up. Criminals and terrorists are inventive; they constantly find new solutions to perpetrate their harmful actions. Even more so, the current means of communications and technologies facilitate this. Just think about the power of Social Media – these days, terrorists can recruit believers online. It is that easy, unfortunately.
In addition, the existing investigative methods are outpaced, time consuming and expensive. The problem is that they don’t always seem to be effective. Take, for example, a DNA test – would you be able to use if there was no DNA at the crime scene? Unfortunately, no. In equal measure, the polygraph test can only detect a lie. And even in this case, there are numerous examples where criminals managed to pass by it, even though they were guilty.
For the Lithuanian police, two years of investigation can mean a lot of time and money invested in resources to catch criminals. Using 300 police officers is an expensive resource.
So what is the right solution to make their mission more easy and efficient in these conditions?
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This innovative technology makes investigations more efficient and provides great quality results, as it relies on an automatized system that is not influenced by human intervention. This makes it error proof. In addition, the key behind it is that it only relies on events stored in the brain, which are stored years after a crime has occurred.
In the Lithuanian operation case, iCognative can prove to be essential in taking down the entire criminal network and finding out more about their plans or who is part of it. The technology can distinguish between suspects and innocents, by detecting information present in the brain. By building a test setup, all 19 arrested suspects can be can be tested. Any person relevant to the case also can be tested to identify their connection to a crime. The test setup only takes about 15 minutes to be built. Any confidential information only known to the perpetrators will be used as input to the system in the form of text or pictures whichever is available to conduct the test on all arrested suspects. In this specific case, according to the media, there are a series of information that can be input into the system as stimuli: for example: the seized weapons -automatic and semi-automatic firearms, ammunition and explosive substances, the cross-checks against Europol’s database, other suspicions or facts regarding the poly-criminal network, from previous activities if all these are confidential to perpetrator. .
During the iCognative test, all these stimuli selected will be displayed on a computer screen to each suspect, while collecting brain responses to each stimulus. The system will capture the “aha” moment if the information is present in the subject’s brain. Once the test is concluded, the system will analyze all brain responses to the stimuli and the proprietary algorithm will determine with proven 99.9% accuracy if the information is either absent or present in the brain, in only a few seconds.
This is an invaluable security solution that can aid Lithuanian authorities in gaining more and more leads about the network. Further, they will be able to take action and also save resources and time.
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