VRI Presents Implementation Guidance to the Wilmington City Council and Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.

VRI presented implementation guidance to the Wilmington City Council and Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission on April 14, 2015. News and links below.

VRI Presents Final Report to Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir presented a final report on March 31, 2015 to the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission (WPSSC) that was unanimously accepted and submitted to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. VRI was hired as expert consultants for their success in public safety strategies and violent crime reduction. Along with the Police Foundation VRI was tasked to complete and present a report to the Commission including recommendations to address the issues of Police Practices and Violent Crime Reduction in the City of Wilmington, DE

“This is not a report that sits on the shelf, but a strategic roadmap on how to reduce crime and violence in Wilmington” stated Safir. “What the police department needs to do, and what Chief Cummings is certainly open to, is using technology and developing the kind of investigators in a homicide and violent crime unit that will be able to reduce crime and solve violent homicides,”. Drawing further on his experience as Police Commissioner of NYPD and as a consultant to departments throughout the country, Safir also suggested developing a detective career track for cops in Wilmington as most police departments already have.

Governor Jack Markell released a written statement, “I commend the hard work of all of the members of the commission, including co-chairs Joe Bryant and Lew Schiliro, as well as the teams from the Police Foundation and Vigilant Resources International. All involved have displayed an extraordinary commitment to developing solutions to the violence plaguing Wilmington. Importantly, the findings and actionable recommendations presented today involved a thorough examination of data and current public safety practices, as well as a significant emphasis on community engagement to ensure Wilmingtonians had a strong voice in this report.

The report and further information about the work of the Commission can be found at the links below:

 

Commission Report: WPSSC Final Report 3_31_15

http://delawarepublic.org/post/outside-consultants-release-report-wilmington-police-department
http://news.delaware.gov/2015/02/04/governor-announces-wilmington-public-safety-strategies-commission-membership-meetings/
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/delaware/78128-new-group-addresses-public-safety-concerns-in-wilmington
http://news.delaware.gov/2015/03/31/governor-statement-on-wilmington-public-safety-strategies-commission-report/
http://mobile.wdel.com/story.php?id=66461
http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=66136

Time Publishes VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s Article on How Police Brutality is Inexcusable and Rare

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir states for Time Magazine that while widely reported incidents of police brutality are tragic, inexcusable and perpetrators of such acts must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, by every objective measure police departments are neither racist, brutal or out of control.

 

 

http://time.com/3814344/walter-scott-howard-safir-police-brutality-is-inexcusable-and-rare/

USA Today publishes VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s Editorial, “Invest in Fugitive Hunt”

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s opinion regarding the importance of federal, state and local governments investing in fugitive apprehension was published by USA Today this weekend. Commissioner Safir’s opinion states that fugitive cases are “the best cases to make” to bring justice and avoid tragedies, and gives specific ideas of how to counter startling gaps in fugitive apprehension with a more proactive, coordinated and technologically supported approach. Commissioner Safir’s article can be found online by clicking here.

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir appears on Katie Couric Show to discuss The Knockout Game

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir appeared on the Katie show on January 10th to make clear to a national audience that the so-called “Knockout Game” is neither a game nor a trend, but cowardly acts of violence that must be prosecuted.

Commissioner Safir discussed with Ms. Couric that while assaults have been dramatically reduced over the last twenty-five years nationwide, we must remain vigilant in prosecuting them.

The video segment featuring Commissioner Safir can be found online by clicking here.

Safir: Appeals court decision to remove stop-and-frisk judge will keep New Yorkers safe

Reason prevails on stop-and-frisk.

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay of Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision on stop-and-frisk and took the extraordinary step of removing her from the case.

This is not only a huge victory for Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, but most importantly a victory for the citizens of New York City.

Former Special Agent Jennifer Safir to join her father, former New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir at Vigilant Resources International (VRI) after 17 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 23, 2013 – Jennifer Safir joins VRI to open their Washington DC office and spearhead their corporate and Federal Government Practices. Ms. Safir brings invaluable experience from her service with the Federal Government and is pleased to offer the services of the DC office to select clients and government agencies.

“It is a privilege to join VRI and I look forward to applying the same level of integrity and dedication to my clients as I did to my federal service,” commented Ms. Safir. “It is our goal at VRI to provide excellent resources and integrate the latest technology to assist both private and public organizations with viable solutions. Asset protection is no longer an added feature it is the platform on which organizations become and stay successful.”

During her tenure with the FBI, Ms. Safir specialized in introducing creative and innovative approaches to produce results, convictions and disruptions while maintaining safe practices and integrity. Over the course of her career, Ms. Safir has served in the Counter Terrorism, Criminal, Counter Intelligence and Administrative Divisions, was a member of the Organized Crime, Violent Crime Major Offenders, and Joint Terrorism Task Forces and held the position of HUMINT Coordinator. She has considerable experience working with other Law Enforcement, Intelligence Community (IC) and private sector organizations.

“Jennifer brings a wealth of experience and foresight to VRI,” commented Howard Safir, VRI’s Chairman and CEO, “There are many options for clients when it comes to security consulting. We provide clients with value and results, not invoiced promises. I am proud to welcome the DC office and Jennifer to VRI to provide quality services to the Washington DC metro area.”

Contact Information:
Jennifer Safir
Jennifer@vritechnologies.com
+1 202-379-4741
1725 Eye Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

Vigilant Resources International, Fox-IT and LexisNexis® Partner to Accelerate the Analysis of Digital Forensic Evidence

NEW YORK, NY –October 23, 2013–Vigilant Resources International (VRI), Fox-IT and LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced a joint alliance to further develop and deliver Fox-IT’s Tracks Inspector solution in concert with LexisNexis’s public records platform, Accurint® for Law Enforcement. VRI will serve as the exclusive distributor of the Tracks Inspector solution in the United States and Canada.

Every day that a mobile device or computer sits in a police department’s backlog waiting to be processed is one that a criminal remains on the street. Tracks Inspector, a collaborative, web-based platform enables detectives to quickly process and extract valuable information from mobile devices and computers without having to wait for the digital experts in the forensic lab, resulting in quicker and more effective prosecutions.

“The information on seized phones, tablets and computers is highly relevant to investigators, prosecutors and crime analysts,” said Haywood J. Talcove, chief executive officer, Government, LexisNexis. “Unlocking this evidence from current backlogs and empowering non-technical detectives and federal agents to view it with our identity, location and relationship data creates a very powerful tool to solve and prosecute crimes.”

A police force in Belgium recently found that in less than two weeks, four criminal cases with twelve containers of digital evidence were investigated, analyzed and processed by detectives using Tracks Inspector. This task normally takes the police investigators several months.

“There are more devices connected to the Internet in the United States than there are people,” commented Howard Safir, VRI’s Chairman and CEO (former Police Commissioner, New York City). “As criminals continue to utilize these devices to commit both major and minor crimes, police departments need tools like Tracks Inspector to keep up with the demands of prosecuting offenders and to strategically develop this information into intelligence that prevents and solves crimes.”

Tracks Inspector Program Manager, Hans Henseler, founder of the Computer Forensics section of the Netherlands Forensic Institute commented, “The core idea is to have detectives who best know the case sort through the evidence themselves and enable mobile and computer forensic experts to work on what they know and do best. We are confident that VRI and LexisNexis will deliver a solution that builds on this core principle and helps departments and agencies throughout the United States and Canada better use seized devices to reduce crime.”

If you are interested in more information, visit LexisNexis in booth #1325 during IACP for an introduction and demonstration.

About Vigilant Resources International (VRI)
VRI provides an integrated suite of technology, capability building and training services for law enforcement agencies and organizations worldwide.

About Fox-IT
Fox-IT, one of the oldest digital investigation agencies in Europe, prevents, solves and mitigates the most serious threats as a result of cyber-attacks, fraud and data breaches with innovative solutions for government, defense, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, banking, and commercial enterprise clients worldwide.

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions (www.lexisnexis.com/risk/) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of Reed Elsevier, a leading global provider of professional information solutions across a number of sectors.

Contact Information:
Adam Safir
adam@vritechnologies.com
VRI Technologies
+1 917-536-0370