The devastating events of 9/11 left the United States government looking back and asking itself “where did we go wrong”.  For many years Americans felt that no one would create such an attack on the homeland, as since the 1970’s, advances in technology allowed for law enforcement to more efficiently solve crimes.   For the first time, America was vulnerable because this technology wasn’t applied to prevent the crime.   At this point, criminologists have begun to prepare for crimes prior to the need of solving them.

While there is no clear cut definition for what “intelligence led policing” is, we can consider it to be a collaborative methodology of utilizing past experiences coupled with the current environmental evidence to identify threats on any level.  Any prevention of future misconduct requires not only intelligence, surveillance, and investigation but also a partnership among the community and law enforcement from its lowest level but also to its highest.   It constitutes the analysis and understanding of data, whether this information is received from a simple community member or from international intelligence.   While community input may be seen as general information, this input has the potential to be more useful, as those providing it may be at the center of the case at hand.

The outcome toward an intelligence led policing system remains to be seen.  Preventing past misconducts involves intelligence; however, this intelligence begins with the vital information received from those closest to the situations being investigated.


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