The Swedish Enforcement Authority seizes money and property from criminal activities every year worth millions of kronor - an effort that demands efficient methods. Cash, cars, watches, bitcoin and works of art are just a few examples of the items seized by the agency. The Enforcement Authority sells the property at auction to clear debts and pay damages to victims of crime. This also prevents the money being invested in further criminal enterprises, such as the purchase of drugs or weapons.
In its crime prevention work, the Enforcement Authority took the initiative in 2019 to explore the effects of coordination among employees, artificial intelligence and smart processes within the agency. This was the starting shot of the Harpoon project. As an aspect of the work to develop and test new and innovative methods, Knowit was involved in creating prototypes that were subsequently further developed for several initiatives within various agency activities.
"Since the beginning of the year, we have worked with our colleagues in special collections who work with serious organised crime focused on crime prevention by combining law and up-to-the-minute technology in machine learning. Thus far, the project has resulted in 15 Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) that we plan to produce within the near future."
Nicklas Burman, IT strategist at the Swedish Enforcement Authority.