In a nutshell, CETS helps investigators investigate more efficiently. The system stores hundreds of thousands of pieces of information for each law enforcement agency -- things like predators' online user names, suspicious Web sites, credit card numbers, and hundreds of other pieces of useful information. It has many custom-built analytical tools. For instance, an investigator can ask CETS to show them all the convicted pedophiles within three miles of a particular school where an exposure incident occurred. CETS helps make sense of disparate data, helping to prioritize commonalities between different investigations and target likely suspects. Other off-the-shelf tools, such as MapPoint, are integrated into the system, too.
Best of all, CETS is free to qualifying agencies in approved countries; Microsoft will even help with the initial analysis and deployment (a typical deployment takes six months to a year). First rolled out in Canada, CETS is now available in the U.K., Indonesia, Italy, and Brazil. Chile and Spain are in the process of deploying it this year.
CETS isn’t yet available in the United States, unfortunately, but making that happen is a goal. Tim Cranton, senior director of worldwide Internet safety programs for Microsoft, says a U.S. deployment would be by far the largest and most complex deployment scenario they’ve faced. Integrating the various local, state, and federal agencies and their existing systems would be a challenge -- but one Microsoft seems very open to assisting.
If you are interested in more information on CETS, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a lot of other fantastic online efforts leading to the capture of tens of thousands of sex criminals every year. We are locking up and identifying the creeps faster than ever. I don’t hate the Internet, I love it!