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Working with regional law enforcement in Northern California, a San Francisco Bay Area cloud software company is rolling out a new platform for police agencies to communicate across jurisdictions in real time.

A year after launching a search engine for law enforcement called COPLINK X, designed to help police look up evidence in other jurisdictions to solve cases in their own, Forensic Logic is working with Northern California law enforcement on rolling out a profession-oriented social media platform.

Mike Sena, director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) — a federal, state and local public safety program focused on training and tech support, announced the platform, COPLINK Connect, last week in an email to NCRIC members. He likened it to LinkedIn, Nextdoor and Facebook: a way for NCRIC member officers, deputies, agents and analysts to communicate in real time across jurisdictions, agencies and shifts.

CEO Bradford Davis of Forensic Logic, a Bay Area cloud software company that makes search and analysis tools for law enforcement, said in an email that the goal is to help law enforcement solve criminal investigations, as well as generally share information and best practices with each other.

“For many years, COPLINK has allowed law enforcement systems to better communicate with each other, and COPLINK Connect will allow law enforcement personnel to better communicate with each other,” Davis wrote. “While it has been under development for quite some time, we’ve accelerated it to market in the wake of COVID-19 to allow law enforcement the ability to better communicate with each other amidst social distancing, to share best practices as they relate to enforcement of health orders, and to better allow the promulgation of information from entities not traditionally in the normal communication lines of law enforcement (e.g., health departments).”

Sena said the platform’s security protocols are extensive, being compliant with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services standards and including two-factor authentication, IP whitelisting and mobile VPN.

Davis said last week that Forensic Logic has already deployed COPLINK Connect in the greater Bay Area, and it’s continuing to do so across California and Nevada in partnership with NCRIC.

This article first appeared in Government Technology, a sister publication of Techwire.