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Criminal Intelligence Sharing: A National Plan for Intelligence-Led Policing at the Local, State, and Federal Levels COPS / IACP Intelligence Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), August 2002. After September 11, COPS funded the IACP to convene the Criminal Intelligence Summit. Participants included federal, state, and local law enforcement executives. The purpose of the summit was to discuss the capacities and barriers of intelligence sharing, standards and guidelines, technology, training, and civil rights. The recommendations from the summit were published in a document titled “Criminal Intelligence Sharing: A National Plan for Intelligence-Led Policing at the Local, State, and Federal Levels: Recommendations from the IACP Intelligence Summit.”
Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies Fact Sheet COPS Intelligence Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2002. This Fact Sheet shares information about Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies as described in 28 C.F.R. Part 23, which directs all interjurisdictional criminal intelligence systems operating through support under 42 U.S.C. 3711 (which the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 amends and under which all COPS grants are made) protect the privacy and constitutional rights of individuals. The guidelines include protections to prevent violations of individual privacy due to the negligent maintaining and sharing of criminal intelligence information between agencies.
Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies COPS Intelligence Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2004. This intelligence guide was prepared in response to requests from law enforcement executives for guidance on intelligence functions in a post-September 11 world. It will help law enforcement agencies develop or enhance their intelligence capacity and enable them to fight terrorism and other crimes while preserving community policing relationships.
Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies, 2nd Ed COPS Intelligence Resources PDF   HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2009. Since the initial publication of Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies in November 2004, there have been a number of significant changes that have once again had an impact on law enforcement intelligence. While the field is continually evolving, many of the changes have been captured in the second edition of this publication. In fact, 85 percent of the content is new including new chapters on intelligence-led policing; civil rights and privacy in the law enforcement intelligence process; public-private partnerships; fusion centers; suspicious activity; and open source information. This publication takes a comprehensive look at these topics as well federal and national law enforcement intelligence resources, networks, systems, human resources, and anticipated changes to the classification system moving from Sensitive But Unclassified information to Controlled Unclassified Information.
Law Enforcement Responds to Terrorism: Lessons in Prevention and Preparedness COPS Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2002. This COPS Innovations piece highlights how agencies can strengthen their response to terrorism by improving data and intelligence collection and processing, capitalizing on technoligical advances, and communicating with other public safety agencies. It also includes examples of three agencies using COPS-funded 311 systems to address terrorism: Austin Police Department, Texas; Baltimore Police Department, Maryland; and Rochester City Police Department, New York.
Planning and Managing Security For Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement COPS / ILJ Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Institute for Law and Justice (ILJ), September 2007. The guide covers all aspects of pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and post-event activities. Topics covered include threat and risk assessments; intelligence; staffing needs and resources; communications; access control and credentialing; traffic and transportation; logistics, training, and public information; hazardous materials; critical infrastructure; demonstrations; and security management.
Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement - Partnerships to Promote Homeland Security COPS / PERF Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), November 2005. Community policing should be a key component of the nation's homeland security efforts. That's just one of more than 40 recommendations found in Partnerships to Promote Homeland Security. This document, Volume 5 in the series, examines issues of notification, general threat warnings, intelligence and data sharing, community policing principles, how resources should be spent, issues of trust, and much more. It briefly outlines local and state enforcement responsibilities, as well as several examples of homeland security collaborations, and it clarifies the challenges law enforcement faces in addressing the threat of terrorism while continuing to handle traditional crimes.
Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement - The Production and Sharing of Intelligence COPS / PERF Intelligence Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), February 2005. The fourth volume of the Protecting Your Community From Terrorism series discusses the importance of intelligence-led policing and its correlation with problem-oriented policing principles. The report outlines criteria for an effective intelligence function at all levels of government—highlighted by important sidebar contributions from key players in the fields of intelligence and policing.
Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement - Local-Federal Partnerships COPS / PERF Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), February 2003. This is the first in a series on Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) white paper funded by the COPS Office is based in large part on an unprecedented executive session in November 2002 that brought together chief law enforcement executives, FBI special agents in charge and antiterrorist experts, and other leading thinkers on how law enforcement will deal with the new terrorist threat. It was a no-holds-barred meeting in which candid debates were conducted on such issues as how to promote effective partnerships; security clearances and information sharing; joint terrorism task forces; FBI strategies; intelligence; multijurisdictional information sharing; and training and awareness. The result is more than 50 recommendations on how to move our preparedness and response forward in these difficult times.
Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement - Preparing for and Responding to Bioterrorism COPS / PERF Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), September 2004. This report discusses the relative threats of various biological and chemical agents and the response challenges for first responders. Five critical areas involved in preparing for and responding to a bioterrorist event are covered: detecting a biological attack, notifying the proper first responders, intervening and working with other stakeholders, managing health care surge demands, and maintaining communication among all involved agencies and the public.
Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement - Working with Diverse Communities COPS / PERF Additional Resources PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), March 2004. This is the second in a series on Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement. This PERF white paper is the result of a compelling executive session in June 2003 sponsored by the COPS Office which brought together law enforcement chief executives, diverse community leaders and advocates, and federal law enforcement officials. The report details myriad recommendations for how law enforcement and minority communities can better work together to protect against future terrorist attacks, prevent backlash violence against vulnerable groups, and sensitize officers to cultural issues that can affect interviewing and information sharing.
The National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis, and Use after 9-11 COPS / IACP Intelligence Resources PDF   HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), July 2009. The National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis, and Use after 9-11 report finds that in the years since the September 11, 2001, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have made great strides in their ability to share intelligence, which is a critical factor in our continuing effort to prevent terrorist attacks. However, the full benefits of intelligence sharing have not yet been realized. These findings, along with recommendations designed to assist law enforcement agencies in overcoming challenges, are contained in this report, which is a result of the COPS/IACP/DHS/PM-ISE Intelligence Summit held in Washington, D.C., in 2007.