Pocket Guide to Intelligence-Led Policing

Pocket Guide to Intelligence-Led Policing


www.jratcliffe.net (June 2008)


Jerry H. Raticliffe

Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) plays a special role in Smart Policing. According to Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, “Intelligence-led policing is a business model and managerial philosophy where data analysis and crime intelligence are pivotal to an objective, decision-making framework that facilitates crime and problem reduction, disruption and prevention through both strategic management and effective enforcement strategies that target prolific and serious offenders.”In an ILP environment, crime analysts play central roles in crime prevention and intervention by gathering and interpreting information, particularly in relation to criminal behaviors, criminal environments and contexts; and based on analysis and interpretation they influence decision processes regarding how to improve police response; and then decision makers take action and implement strategies to impact the criminal environment. ILP can be employed in offender-based and place-based policing strategies and in other strategies as well. ILP is distinct from other policing approaches in the centrality of the analyst, or the analysis team, in planning and decision-making processes in police agencies, as well as in its focus on the rapid collection, analysis, and utilization of ‘actionable’ information.

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