Demand Is High for New Intel Guide
In August, the COPS Office announced the release of the second edition of Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies by Dr. David Carter of Michigan State University. The demand for this revised edition exceeded COPS expectations as word quickly spread through the law enforcement community about this new resource.
Since the first edition was published in 2004, the law enforcement criminal intelligence community has been transformed by information-sharing efforts, the advent of fusion centers, the establishment of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and efforts to establish a Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. These topics and many others are addressed in the second edition.
A subject that receives considerably more attention in the revised guide is a fundamental one—the protection of civil rights and privacy. In order for trust to be established and sustained with the community, law enforcement must ensure that civil rights are protected through the understanding of past cases and current privacy policies, training, and ongoing supervision.
Within the first 2 months of publication, approximately 2,000 copies were requested and more than 5,000 electronic copies were downloaded. Trainings at the local, state, and national level are using the guide, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). At MPD, Chief Cathy L. Lanier incorporated the guide into professional development training for all lieutenants and above. “Many of the principles and ideas put forth in Dr. Carter’s book have been put in place at MPD,” said Chief Lanier. “In fact, I am requiring my management team to read it as part of our efforts to weave intelligence-led policing into the fabric of the entire agency.”
Carter uses the guide as part of Michigan State University’s Intelligence Toolbox Training, which he has delivered to more than 4,000 law enforcement officers and analysts from federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in 47 states plus Canada. “As a nation, we just started to develop intelligence capacity when the first guide was published,” said Carter. “So much has changed since then, including the maturation of state, local, and tribal capacity to gather information.” This guide helps frame the history and processes that contribute to an information-gathering and analysis process. It provides detail, context, and guidance. As a result, many readers have commented that “Now they understand,” particularly their role in information-gathering and how all the pieces fit together in the intelligence cycle.
In addition to the latest edition of Law Enforcement Intelligence, COPS also has revised its Law Enforcement Intelligence Resources CD-ROM. The CD contains more than 50 publications, including the first and second editions of the intelligence guide, as well as resources from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Program Manager for the Information-Sharing Environment related to intelligence, information-sharing, and fusion centers.
To order your free copy of Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies or the Law Enforcement Intelligence Resources CD- ROM, please contact the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 or e-mail: askCOPSRC@usdoj.gov.