September 11th, 2001 taught American law enforcement just how critical information sharing and analysis is to preventing and responding to crime.
As a result of this awareness, The U.S. Department of Justice developed the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (the Plan). The Plan provides a path to “improving the collection and analysis of information to create valuable and actionable intelligence products.’ (National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, Version 2.0, Oct 2013).
For over 10 years, the Plan has provided law enforcement with assistance on internal business processes to improve access to intelligence data. From this effort, significant strides have been made in the collection, analysis and sharing of criminal intelligence (intelligence-led policing) across all law enforcement communities.
Given that intelligence-led policing is the foundation upon which many law enforcement agencies detect, prevent, and respond to criminal conduct, it is critical that we continue to explore new ways to gather and harness information, and remove barriers to the exchange of this information. In the law enforcement sector, barriers are often the result of jurisdictional issues, and the tendency to retain confidentiality on ‘important’ matters. In the general population, distrust and intimidation hinder the flow of information from the public to law enforcement.
Barriers to sharing intelligence will dissolve gradually, with documents like the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan providing the framework for such change.
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