Colorado Springs, CO, March 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Also known as “CSN”, it’s an innovative web-based Crime Tipping, Alerting, and Notification solution for improving the Community Policing efforts and Citizen Communications activities of local Law Enforcement Agencies such as Police Agencies, County Sheriff Departments, Campus Security, and local communities.
The company has been in development of the CrimeSuspect.NET solution since early 2013 in a partnership alliance with Ensemble Ventures, LLC, a Colorado Springs, CO based business and technology development company that operates a Seed Stage Venture Ventilator supporting a variety of entrepreneurial start-up activities in Southern Colorado.
Further announcements this month, (March 2014) will be made about local Colorado Police Departments, who have agreed to engage with NewStart Solutions,
Changing the Game in Crime Fighting:
Today, Adam Leonard, the Founder and CEO of NewStart, who is a Colorado Springs native, who after a distinguished 10+ year Law Enforcement career is finally able to “go public” with his vision of developing pro-active internet-based crime fighting tools, and creating powerful communications and social networking solutions for enhancing and improving local Community Policing efforts.
On the start of his new company, Mr. Leonard commented, “I feel I finally have some closure. I have committed the rest of my life to help citizens and fallen officers everywhere and give them better solutions than have ever been available. If these solutions can help to save one life and spare a family from the tragedies that mine has suffered along with thousands of others, then I will consider myself successful in giving back.”
Mr. Leonard grew up in the Colorado Springs area and after graduating from Cheyenne Mountain High School, joined the United States Marine Corps and enlisted in the Infantry. During his four year enlistment, he rose through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant (E-5) while on deployment with the 24th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) during the Kosovo war. Upon returning home from the war, he was hired as a Corrections Officer in 2000 with a large, well known County in Washington State. He served as a Corrections Officer for almost two years and then became a Deputy Sheriff where he served for three years in a high crime contract city.
In 2004, he was asked by a Chief to help build a new Police Department and break away from the County. Being “pro-active” in nature, Mr. Leonard accepted his offer and joined a six officer team to start the new department. They were tasked with writing policies and procedures, ordering and testing equipment and gear, planning police districts and a plethora of other things that needed to be accomplished in just a couple of months.
Developing Community Policing Skills:
Once the new Police Department was formed and operating, Mr. Leonard started down the path as a Police Officer assigned as an NPO (Neighborhood Patrol Officer) as well as a PTO (Police Training Officer). Most of his initial time was spent receiving training and certifications so he could help train others. When the department was started, the city had a 47% violent crime rate, mostly due to large gang problem and a growing methamphetamine presence. During the next seven years, Mr. Leonard was fortunate enough to be assigned as a Gang Investigator as well as a SWAT Sniper on the agencies Metro SWAT team that covered sixteen small towns and cities. Mr. Leonard was also the trainer and liaison for a proprietary Electronic Tracking System which had numerous successful tracks. Mr. Leonard received numerous awards to include the Governor’s award, Officer of the Month, Officer of the Quarter, as well as the Departments first Life Saving Medal.
A Life Changing Moment:
Unfortunately, after a devastating personal loss in November 2009 when he lost four friends and fellow officers, (including his Sergeant), to an ambush style assassination in a local city coffee shop, Adam’s life as a police officer took a major turn. As he attended the memorial (which to this date was one of the largest police memorials every held) he made a silent vow to his four fallen friends… that he would change the world of crime-fighting and patch some of the pain points that plague both law enforcement as well as citizens across the country today in the area of pre-arrest investigations, offender accountability and alerting/notifications internally and externally.
A Partnership is Formed:
Joining him in the creation of NewStart as a Co-Founder and Chairman, is another Colorado Springs native, Mike Schmidt, who is the CEO of Ensemble Ventures, LLC. After meeting with Adam in a coffee shop in Colorado Springs over a year ago, and hearing about Adam’s vision for internet crime-fighting, he realized that Adam’s passion for policing was not only genuine, but realistic due to both his military and law enforcement experience. Mr. Schmidt decided to help support Adam in his “New Start”, (which became the name of his new company). Ensemble provided early pro-bono support to NewStart in both the early business concept and technology development areas, as Mr. Schmidt has a long 25+ year career in international business development, internet services, technology development and marketing and sales. After a more formal engagement entered into between the new partners, and contributions of seed capital and sweat equity from both Mr. Leonard and Mr. Schmidt respectively, Ensemble was able to help Adam frame his ideas about Internet Crime Fighting and create an engaging and interactive web-based solutions platform to develop an initial version of its Community/Policing model that they are now launching together.
After over a year of development, with Ensemble and its team of business development and technology specialists, NewStart is launching two web-sites. The first is its primary corporate web site, CrimeSuspect.NET, which outlines the vision and mission for the organization. It can be found at: http://www.crimesuspect.net. The site outlines the concept of “Crowd-Sourced Crime-Fighting” which is a set of unique interactive Community Policing tools that CSN has developed to equip local citizens with information gathering and communications tools to help Law Enforcement fight local crime, and improve overall safety conditions for local communities.
Crowd Funding Call Out:
Mr. Leonard has put everything he has financially into the development of NewStart and continues to work occasionally from a local coffee shop near his home. But more importantly, because he wanted to turn a tragedy in a coffee shop in Washington into a “NewStart” from another one in Colorado, Mr. Leonard is “reaching out” to the local Colorado community to join and participate in this effort both financially as well as in spirit. NewStart will succeed because of the passion of its Founder and his dedication to quality Police work and helping local communities fight crime. But most importantly, Mr. Leonard wants to uphold his promise to the four heroes who gave their life and the heroes that will continue to give their life to ensure our streets are safe.
About NewStart Solutions:
NewStart Solutions, L3C is a Wyoming registered and Colorado Springs-based, “Low Profit” social benefit company staffed by Law Enforcement Veterans and Internet Technology Professionals. They are developing a new Crowd-Sourced, Community-Based, Law Enforcement-Driven, “Crime Alerting and Notification Solution” called “CrimeSuspect.NET”. The CSN solution provides the public, as well as law enforcement officials, with a 2-way, instant data sharing, web-delivered, and local “edge-of-the-network” server-enhanced, crime-fighting solution. It addresses many of the shortfalls of current online crime tipping software services offered by local non-profit groups and associations who are using out-dated and ineffective solutions that are non-standardized. Current approaches and the organizations supporting them don’t effectively share data between each other, and are not adapting to and utilizing the full power of mobile social networks to fight crime or assist in Law Enforcement crime investigations.