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NCJ Number: 134354 Find in a Library
Title: Security Intelligence Versus Criminal Intelligence: Lines of Demarcation, Areas of Obfuscation, and the Need to Re-evaluate Organizational Roles in Responding to Terrorism
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(1991)  Pages:65-87
Author(s): S Farson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 23
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The roles performed by the police and security intelligence agencies in Canada to counter terrorism were examined to assess whether significant differences existed between security intelligence and criminal intelligence.
Abstract: Establishing how lines of demarcation have come to be perceived and considering recently published reports with a view toward identifying areas of obfuscation, this paper suggests reasons for the present confusion and argues that whether a difference exists between security intelligence and criminal intelligence depends on the ultimate objective of the activity in question. Three factors contributing significantly to the confusion between criminal and security intelligence require particularly close scrutiny: inadequate conception of the police role; the vagueness of existing statutes; and the ambiguity of labels that are applied in security intelligence. The failure to understand the nature of the police role emerges as the most significant source of confusion. 73 references
Main Term(s): Intelligence-crime relationships; Security surveillance systems
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism intelligence; Espionage; Police intelligence operations
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