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Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies (CD-ROM)

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David L. Carter Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2007

Directed toward the law enforcement manager, supervisor, or officer assigned to create an intelligence function, this guide provides ideas, definitions, concepts, policies, and resources in state-of-the-art intelligence in law enforcement intelligence.


After the events of September 11, 2001, new expectations and responsibilities were placed on law enforcement agencies of all sizes to develop an intelligence capacity as part of a cohesive national strategy to protect the United States. In adherence to these expectations and responsibilities, this guide was created with the intent to provide fundamental information about the law enforcement intelligence function in its application to State, local, and tribal law enforcement (SLTLE) agencies. At the outset, this guide defines and illustrates law enforcement intelligence. It explains the concept of Intelligence-Led Policing from an operational perspective, illustrating its interrelationship with community policing and CompStat. Based on the foundation that has been built, the guide explains the current accepted practice of turning information into intelligence. The intelligence cycle and analytic process are explained in brief. With readers of this guide experienced in management issues, facets of management unique to law enforcement intelligence are focused on. The mission, policy issues, and methods for staying current on trends and practices are then addressed with the importance of 28 CFR, Part 23, Guidelines for Criminal Intelligence Records Systems stressed. Staffing is discussed emphasizing the need for professional intelligence analysts. The guide presents information about critical secure networks and how law enforcement officers can access the networks. The guide describes the concept and processes of intelligence requirements in detail. The guide concludes by describing Federal law enforcement programs and products that SLTLE agencies should be aware of. The intent of this guide is to aid SLTLE agencies develop an intelligence capacity or enhance their current one. Appendixes A-G