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Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Recognize Western States Information Network Executive Director for Service Excellence

Award Presented for Significant Contributions to the Criminal Intelligence Community

5/9/2016

WASHINGTON, DC AND ATLANTA, — LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, in conjunction with the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU), today announced the winner of the annual One Step Ahead award. The award is presented to groups or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the law enforcement criminal intelligence community.

This year’s One Step Ahead award recipient is Karen Aumond, Executive Director of the Western States Information Network (WSIN), in recognition of her sustained contribution to LEIU and a continuous effort to enhance the criminal intelligence profession. The award was presented during the 2016 LEIU/IALEIA Annual Training Event in New Orleans, LA. 

“This award recognizes that Ms. Aumond has been an innovator, proponent, facilitator and visionary in the field of criminal intelligence and an ongoing proponent of LEIU and our Association’s goals,” said Bob Morehouse, Executive Director of LEIU. “We are excited to continue our partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions in a joint effort to honor law enforcement’s best and brightest.”

Ms. Aumond started her career as a Criminal Intelligence Specialist at WSIN in 1982. She has been WSIN’s executive director since January 2005. The Society of Certified Criminal Analysts (SCCA) recognizes Ms. Aumond as a Certified Criminal Analyst. In 2002, she received the SCCA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her analytical work on a major nationwide case, “Operational Cacus,” which resulted in the arrest of 52 members of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Ms. Aumond has long been an advocate of analyzing information contained in legacy intelligence databases. In November 2002, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Federal Counterdrug Executive Secretariat (CDX) to complete a research project on the “Analysis of Disparate Databases.” The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Master Telephone Index and the RISSLinks automated database link charting application are the results of her work. Under the leadership of Ms. Aumond, the RISSafe operational officer safety deconfliction application and associated policies and procedures were developed and deployed by WSIN in July 2008. WSIN operates a 24/7 Watch Center which supports the nationwide RISSafe program and several fusion centers.

“The work performed by criminal intelligence analysts provides the law enforcement community a critical advantage in the fight against crime and helps to ensure the public safety,” said Haywood Talcove, CEO, Government, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “LEIU provides leadership and promotes professionalism in the criminal intelligence community in order to protect public safety and constitutional rights. We are proud to partner with LEIU to recognize outstanding contributions to the law enforcement criminal intelligence community.”

LexisNexis Risk Solutions partners with leading industry associations to recognize officers during major law enforcement events throughout the year, and presents the overall winner of its “One Step Ahead” award during the annual IACP conference in the fall. The awards program is designed to honor leaders in federal, state and local government for excellence in the use of open or third-party information sources to help law enforcement stay “one step ahead” of criminals in order to bring government cases, problems or investigations closer to resolution.

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX Group (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more information, please visit www.risk.lexisnexis.com and www.relx.com.

About LEIU
The Association of Law Enforcement Units (LEIU) is an organization whose mission is providing leadership and promoting professionalism in the criminal intelligence community in order to protect public safety and constitutional rights. LEIU was founded in 1956 and subsequently established criminal intelligence standards that are recognized by both law enforcement and civil libertarians as creating a proper balance between the needs of law enforcement and the constitutional privacy rights of individuals. LEIU maintains a criminal intelligence clearinghouse that facilitates the timely exchange of confidential information among its 200 local, state and federal member agencies. Its annual conference provides for certified training and the opportunity for intelligence professionals to network with other members and their associates. LEIU also provides its members with evaluation and technical assistance in the formation and organization of their agency’s intelligence function. In addition, LEIU provides timely publications and appropriate advocacy for professional criminal intelligence standards on the national level. LEIU is an agency-based membership. Let LEIU be “Your voice at the national level!” http://leiu.org/
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