The ability to track information to the original source and to assess the reliability of the information or the source is important in investigations.
Some examples of the types of information are listed:
- The source and type of the information such as a witness statement that has a document reference number. When you chart an item from a data source, it contains a database identity that links it back to the original data source.
- The reliability of the source that provided the information or the reliability of the information itself. For example, you might request information from an agency that concerns the registered owner of a vehicle. This information might be considered reliable whereas an overheard conversation that leads you to believe that a relationship exists between two suspects might not be accurate.
- The privacy rating or classification of the information, that is, who is allowed to know about the information.
You can add provenance information to chart items and to individual pieces of information in cards. For example, you might have several pieces of information about a specific person. You can add each piece of information to a card and include provenance information on each card.
The chart template controls what rating scale is used. Many organizations adopt their own grading system. You can customize the rating scales to meet your requirements.