The lifeblood of criminal and many other investigations is information. In the course of most investigations, law enforcement professionals are faced with a multitude of information in differing formats. This can range from their own notes to crime scene reports, records of interviews, crime scene and suspect photographs, fingerprint lifts, suspect and evidentiary documents, emails, communication interception logs, etc.
The ability to receive, input, validate, collate, analyze and manage information in an orderly and systematic fashion can significantly impact the outcome of an investigation and the ability of an investigator or prosecutor to compile a case that includes all available evidence in a format that is understandable and logical.
This is particularly so in complex financial investigations which are usually very document intensive. Specifically, they involve various types of records such as bank account information, real estate files, motor vehicle ownership, sources of funds and expenditures, etc., which point to the movement of money. Any record that pertains to or shows the paper trail of events involving money is important - the major goal in a financial investigation is to identify and document the movement of money. The link between a fund source and its destination can provide proof of criminal activity.
Successful management of the many and varied strands of a complex investigation can best be achieved by utilizing a computer-based case management system that provides a comprehensive, yet flexible, solution to the needs of investigators and prosecutors. UNODC's goCASE software provides such a solution.