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Leveraging AI prompt engineers and police investigation software to solve complex crimes

How facial recognition and natural language processing tools can aid law enforcement in identifying suspects in car break-ins while balancing ethical concerns

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This AI-generated image from a text prompt of a “police officer looking at multiple computer screens” shows that OpenAI models are still learning about law enforcement.


Editor’s note: Rapidly emerging artificial intelligence tools, like ChatGPT, have the potential to rapidly upend every career field. At Police1 we are seeking to understand how already available AI tools, as well as new tools, can be used by law enforcement professionals to prevent crime, identify suspects, gather and process evidence and convict criminals. We also want understand how AI tools can be used to create content for Police1 readers. This article was written by giving prompts to ChatGPT.

The initial prompt was, “act as an article writer for a law enforcement publication and explain the role of an “AI prompt engineer” and how that role could aid a police department with criminal investigations.”

Additional prompts were given to add an example about a series of car break-ins and to organize the article with search-optimized subheads. What do you think? Is this article informative, accurate and relevant? What else do you want to know about using ChatGPT, writing prompts, or applying AI to your work as an investigator? Email

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly become a game-changer for law enforcement agencies in their fight against crime. With the development of sophisticated police investigation software, police departments can now leverage the power of AI to quickly and efficiently analyze vast amounts of data to identify suspects and solve complex cases. In this article, we will explore how AI prompt engineers can use police investigation software to assist investigators in locating suspects in a series of car break-ins.

Facial recognition software for identifying suspects

One example of police investigation software that uses AI is facial recognition software. By analyzing images and video footage from surveillance cameras, this technology can help police departments identify suspects and track their movements. However, the accuracy of these tools is heavily reliant on the quality of the underlying algorithms and models, which is where an AI prompt engineer comes in.

For instance, if a car break-in has occurred and the perpetrator’s face is captured on camera, facial recognition software can be used to match the image with a database of known criminals to identify the suspect. An AI prompt engineer can develop and maintain the algorithms and models that drive facial recognition software, ensuring that it operates accurately and efficiently.

Natural language processing for analyzing social media data

Another police investigation software that AI prompt engineers can develop is natural language processing algorithms that analyze text-based data. By analyzing social media data, police departments can gain valuable insights into the activities and connections of potential suspects.

In the case of a series of car break-ins, an AI prompt engineer could develop a tool that analyzes social media data to identify individuals who have been posting about cars or items that match the description of those stolen in the break-ins. The tool could use machine learning algorithms to identify patterns of behavior that are common among suspects in this type of crime, such as the use of specific keywords or phrases related to car theft or burglary.

Customizing tools to meet specific investigation needs

An AI prompt engineer can also work closely with law enforcement agencies to understand their specific needs and requirements. This may involve customizing existing tools or developing new ones from scratch to meet the unique demands of a particular investigation.

For example, if a police department is investigating a series of car break-ins in a specific area, an AI prompt engineer could develop a tool that analyzes patterns of activity in the area to identify potential suspects or hotspots where crimes are likely to occur. This type of tool can help investigators narrow their focus and make more informed decisions about where to allocate resources.

Balancing ethical concerns

Of course, it’s important to note that the use of police investigation software must be balanced with concerns around privacy and civil liberties. Law enforcement agencies must ensure that their use of these tools is in compliance with local laws and regulations, and that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the privacy of individuals who may be caught up in investigations.

In conclusion, AI prompt engineers play a critical role in developing and maintaining police investigation software that can assist law enforcement agencies in solving complex cases, such as a series of car break-ins. By leveraging the power of AI and machine learning, police departments can quickly and efficiently analyze vast amounts of data to identify suspects and bring them to justice. However, it is important that the use of these tools is guided by ethical principles and best practices, and that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect individual rights and privacy.

Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1, EMS1 and Gov1. Greg has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, paramedic and runner. Greg is a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and 2018 and 2020 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog. Ask questions or submit article ideas to Greg by emailing him at and connect with him on LinkedIn.