By Tom Joyce, Lieutenant (Ret.), NYPD As told to PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie
Many people don’t even have a land-line phone anymore, but the mobile carriers do not share information about their customers with law enforcement. That’s a double edged sword. A public records company like LexisNexis is constantly mining more than 20,000 sources of data from public records, and accumulates billions of records for millions of people. Therein lies your opportunity to obtain the mobile phone number of your subject. Think about it. It stands to reason that your suspect might have (at some time or another) put his mobile phone number into a document that is part of the public record. All you need to do is leverage the search capabilities already at your fingertips and you might just find that elusive piece of information.
Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.
Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications.
Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).