The concept of Intelligence-Led Policing has been around for years, yet adoption of Intelligence-Led Policing is somewhat inconsistent. To help organizations that are either considering a move to Intelligence-Led Policing, or who would like to enhance their results with their Intelligence-Led Policing initiatives, in this brief article we offer suggested best practices.
A good place to start is to define Intelligence-Led Policing. There’s no single answer, but we’d suggest that the general idea with Intelligence-Led Policing is to collect, analyze, and share information about crimes and criminals, in order to generate actionable intelligence that helps agencies more effectively, more proactively identify, understand, and respond to threats and incidents.
Following is our suggested list of key best practices for Intelligence-Led Policing. The first seven are generally based on recommendations provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance[i], and we’ve added three additional items based on work our team has done with Intelligence-Led Policing at numerous agencies in recent years:
Technology is critical for effective Intelligence-Led Policing, and a key technology component is a centralized repository and analytics system. Things to look for in such a system include the ability to:
[i] 1. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Reducing Crime Through Intelligence-Led Policing, https://www.bja.gov/Publications/ReducingCrimeThroughIntelligence-Led Policing.pdf
[ii] 2. Jerry Ratcliffe, Intelligence-Led Policing, Taylor and Francis, 2003.