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NCJ Number: 222253 Find in a Library
Title: State Police Investigative Structure and the Adoption of Intelligence-Led Policing
Journal: Policing  Volume:31  Issue:1  Dated:2008  Pages:109-128
Author(s): Jerry H. Ratcliffe; Ray Guidetti
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 20
Type: Case Study; Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After presenting an overview of organizational changes in the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Investigations Branch and how it has adapted to intelligence-led policing, this study assessed the impact on key staff affected by the change, with attention to a drug-gang investigation called Operation Nine Connect (ONC).
Abstract: The model for changes in the NJSP's Investigations Branch was the United Kingdom's National Intelligence Model (NIM), which emerged from the central tenets of intelligence-led policing as a key analytical tool for effective and efficient policing. Intelligence-led policing makes the collection and analysis of intelligence pivotal to organizational planning and decisionmaking. It is a policing philosophy that features a managerially centered, top-down decisionmaking format. It is proactive through the cultivation of informants and surveillance, with heightened attention to recidivists and serious offenders. Under the new organization of the NJSP's Investigations Branch, it is responsible for protecting the State from organized crime, terrorism, violent criminals, and illegal activity in general. This mandate requires using proactive investigative measures and forensic science techniques for collecting evidence, documenting illegal activity, and arresting suspects charged with crimes. This paper describes in detail the new centralized and integrated Investigations Branch. The new organization has been a change for the better regarding the ability of intelligence analysts to influence decisionmakers. This is illustrated in the ONC's effort to counter a large drug gang in the State. A case study of the ONC documents the flow of information, intelligence, and decisionmaking outcomes that resulted in a large gang bust. ONC's success shows the impact that the statewide intelligence estimate had on target selection. Important lessons learned from this operation are reviewed. 2 figures, 2 notes, and 68 references
Main Term(s): Police intelligence operations
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Counter-terrorism units; Intelligence acquisition; Intelligence analysis; Intelligence units; New Jersey; Organized crime intelligence; Police internal organizations; Police organizational structure; State police
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