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Title: Understanding the Intelligence Practices of State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies
Author(s): David Carter Ph.D.; Steven Chermak Ph.D.; Ed McGarrell Ph.D.; Jeremy Carter Ph.D.; Jack Drew
Corporate Author: Michigan State University
School of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: May 2012
Page Count: 206
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0007
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the experiences of State, local, and tribal (SLT) law enforcement agencies and fusion centers in building an intelligence capacity; understanding critical gaps in the sharing of intelligence information; and identifying obstacles related to other key intelligence issues, such as measuring performance and communication between agencies.
Abstract: In addition, the study examined the activities of three fusion centers in order to identify strategies that are successful in increasing the information flow across agencies, the major obstacles to effective intelligence-gathering and information-sharing, and identify key practices for integrating domestic intelligence into the information-sharing environment and overcoming these obstacles. The study found that although significant progress has been made since 9/11 in installing fundamental policy and procedures related to building the intelligence capacity of law enforcement, there is significant room for improvement and a need to move agencies forward to be consistent with key requirements. Also, fusion centers are further along in instituting intelligence policies and practices than are individual law enforcement agencies. This is most likely because there has been a focus on developing fusion center operations and expertise by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. In addition, both samples of respondents emphasized that they have worked at building relationships with a diverse range of agencies, but they also indicated that they are not completely satisfied with these relationships. Further, there is a significant amount of information coming into and going out of these agencies. It is likely that without sufficient analysts within the organizations or poorly trained analysts, there are missed opportunities for strategic and tactical understanding of homeland security and criminal threats. Assessing the performance of analysts is difficult, but respondents emphasized the need to focus on the quality of strategic and tactical products produced. 60 references
Main Term(s): Police intelligence operations
Index Term(s): Intelligence acquisition; Intelligence analysis; Intelligence units; Law Enforcement Intelligence Units; Municipal police; NIJ final report; Performance Measures; Police management; Regional information sharing systems; State police; Tribal police
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