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Analyst Toolbox

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12 pages
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This document presents a list of information technology systems used by analytic practitioners at local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.


This booklet provides a listing of minimum standards for intelligence analysis to ensure that intelligence products are accurate, timely, factual, and relevant. This list of 16 available tools for the analysis process was formed through extensive Web-based open-source research and the collection of systems utilized by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies at the time of the document’s publication. To determine what tools were used by the agencies they reviewed, the authors conducted a survey among a subset of randomly selected law enforcement analytic practitioners, which helped the authors determine a baseline of required tools to adequately perform the analyst function. Another step in the process of developing tools to aid the analysis process, was to coordinate with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to modify its secure Technology Toolbox for police Web-based collaboration programs, to accommodate discussion forums for analytical software; this toolbox is available via RISSNET™. Tools listed include statistical analysis software, communications/telephone (toll) record software, data mining and text mining, investigative case management, and others. Each tool listed in the toolbox provides a brief description of their purpose and uses. The authors also state that interoperability should be considered when making purchase decisions.

Date Published: January 1, 2007