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Enhancing the Law Enforcement Intelligence Capacity

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Date Published
February 2010
16 pages
This report contains the recommendations from the International Association of Chiefs of Police strategic planning session on enhancing law enforcement's intelligence capacity.
In July 2009, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) held a strategic planning session to examine ways to enhance law enforcement's engagement in information sharing and expand utilization of fusion centers that are geared toward the collection and analysis of information. The planning session focused on issues such as identifying a common language for concepts such as 'intelligence-led policing' and the 'intelligence cycle'; demonstrating relevancy of information sharing for local law enforcement; providing consistent training to ensure collection of appropriate and relevant information; and refining roles and expectations among law enforcement agencies and fusion centers. The planning session resulted in a set of recommendations towards achieving the goal of enhancing law enforcement's engagement in information sharing. These recommendations include closing the information gap that exists regarding information sharing, increase the emphasis on information gathering for analytical purposes, improving information sharing among regional law enforcement agencies, stressing the importance of an 'all-crimes' or 'all-hazards' approach to intelligence, and promoting the awareness of available training opportunities for law enforcement. Appendixes