Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Friday, September 12, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Lieutenant Lectures At International Crime Analyst Convention
First of Two Major Conferences this Fall for Lieutenant Glen Mills
BURLINGTON, Mass., and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Glen Mills is slated to be a featured lecturer at two major crime analysis conventions this fall.
All week, Lieutenant Mills has been in Bellevue, Wash., at the International Association of Crime Analysts’ (IACA) 24th Annual Conference to give two presentations to more than 400 students from around the world on two developing and relatively new types of crime analysis.
His presentations focus on technology trends and law enforcement using the Internet more effectively. He also helps show police departments how they can save potentially thousands of dollars on IT costs by using some of the Internet’s free resources.
“Crime analysis helps police departments work more effectively by offering more information, and my presentations show how the Internet is an invaluable tool in this field,” said Lieutenant Mills. “No matter the size of a police department or agency, there are limitations – usually financial in nature – and I am trying to give these officers and investigators other tools, including social media platforms, that they can use to stretch their budget and be able to focus on other things.”
The two presentations are:
“Social Media for Situational Awareness,” which gives an overview on social media and the various ways it can be utilized by analysts, officers, and investigators in intelligence gathering, undercover operations, investigations, public interaction, emergency notifications, and training.
“Free Resources for Law Enforcement Analysts,” focuses on the numerous free tools available for officers on the Internet.
When he is home, Lieutenant Mills is on the department’s crime analysis team with Detective James Tigges and Kate Curtis-Bozio.
“The Burlington Police Department and the community as a whole have truly benefited from our department’s effective use of crime analysis under Lieutenant Mills,” Chief Kent said. “He is a nationally-recognized leader in the field, and his work has allowed us to use the power of information to more effectively solve crimes, reduce traffic crashes, and prevent crime from occurring in the first place.”
With this “Data-Driven Approach” the Burlington Police Department used crime analysis during the 2012 and 2013 holiday shopping seasons around the Burlington Mall to reduce shoplifting and design better traffic patterns and reduce accidents.
Using predictive techniques, BPD was also able to predict a time frame and location for the next in what was then a series of housebreaks in 2009 that led to the capture and conviction of a suspect.
The second conference Lieutenant Mills will be presenting at is the 9th Annual Multidisciplinary Training Conference in Ontario, Canada, on October 28-29.