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You can order the publications and CDs listed below by calling the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 or by using the COPS Publications Request Form. Many publications can also be read online or downloaded.
This CD-ROM is a multi-agency effort to compile intelligence resources and publications in one place. It contains material on fusion centers, intelligence-led policing, and suspicious activity reporting, as well as the second edition of "Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies." It will help police enhance their intelligence capacity and fight terrorism and other crimes while preserving community policing relationships. It is the result of a COPS partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, the DOJ Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, and the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. (2009)
This second edition of "Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies" consists of 85 percent new content. It includes 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. The publication also covers federal and national law enforcement intelligence resources, networks, systems, and human resources. (2009)
This, the second edition of "Integrated Intelligence and Crime Analysis: Enhanced Information Management for LE Leaders," examines the disconnect between crime analysis and intelligence analysis found in many of the nation's law enforcement agencies. Smart deployment of resources at the tactical, operational and strategic level requires analysis of both crime data and criminal intelligence information, preferably in an integrated way. This book encourages information sharing between crime analysts and the special units that typically manage criminal intelligence for the purpose of presenting an analysis of all known information to aid in problem-solving. This guide was developed by the Police Foundation with support from the COPS Office. (2009)
While there is little debate regarding the importance of having a systemic approach to collecting, analyzing, sharing, and utilizing information through all levels of law enforcement, much remains to be done regarding the implementation of this systematic approach. Enhancing the Law Enforcement Intelligence Capacity: Recommendations from the IACP Strategic Planning Session focuses on how state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States can develop and maintain a criminal intelligence capacity. This publication focuses on two primary recommendations to accomplish this: 1) Enhance law enforcement’s engagement in information sharing; and 2) Expand utilization of fusion centers. Identification of key issues and recommended action steps are discussed. (2010)
"The National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis, and Use after 9/11 — Measuring Success and Setting Goals for the Future" report finds that since 2001, law enforcement agencies have made great strides in their ability to share intelligence. That is a critical factor in our continuing effort to prevent terrorist attacks. However, the full benefits of intelligence sharing have not yet been realized because the process remains a mystery to many police officers, and some law enforcement executives consider their agencies too small or too remote to participate in criminal intelligence sharing. Learn about how to overcome these challenges in this report, based the COPS/IACP Intelligence Summit. (2009)
Designed to help sheriffs and other senior police executives counter the threat of terrorism, this manual offers 50 briefs that focus on terrorism prevention and preparedness. It provides guidance on the essential components of a counterterrorism plan, such as developing intelligence on terrorist threats, identifying and protecting major targets, and expanding disaster-response capabilities. This manual is particularly relevant to police agencies who may have limited resources to devote to terrorism prevention and response. (2008)
Volume 1 of the Protecting Your Community From Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement focuses 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 detailed in this paper, set largely by consensus and an urgent desire to move our preparedness and response forward in these difficult times. (2003)
Volume 2 offers recommendations on 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. (2004)
Volume 3 discusses the relative threats of various biological and chemical agents and the response challenges for first responders. It covers five critical issues in preparing for and responding to a bioterrorist event: 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. (2004)
Volume 4 discusses the importance of intelligence-led policing and its connections with problem-oriented policing. It outlines criteria for an effective intelligence function at all levels of government — highlighted by contributions from key experts in intelligence and policing. It calls for more clearly defining "intelligence," and the needs, expectations and responsibilities of various intelligence and law enforcement agencies, It also describes a need to ensure integrated nationwide and regional intelligence sharing. (2005)
Protecting Your Community From Terrorism: Volume 5 — Partnerships to Promote Homeland Security
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 examines issues of notification, general threat warnings, intelligence and data sharing, community policing principles, how resources should be spent, issues of trust, and more. It briefly outlines local and state enforcement responsibilities, as well as several examples of homeland security collaborations, and clarifies the challenges law enforcement faces in addressing the threat of terrorism while continuing to handle traditional crimes. (2005)
This site, sponsored by the DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides a multitude of resources concerned with law enforcement intelligence operations and practices acts as a clearinghouse for counter-terrorism-related information for local law enforcement, including training and technical assistance available from the Federal Government, private and nonprofit organizations. These resources will help decision-makers develop strategic plans for training and local emergency response.
A common sense web site of the Department of Homeland Security designed to help citizens learn about preparedness in the case of a national emergency — including a possible terrorist attack.
Improving information sharing constitutes a cornerstone of our national strategy to protect the American people and our institutions and to defeat terrorists and their support networks at home and abroad. The Office of the Program Manager for Information-Sharing Environment (ISE) was created under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The ISE website includes resources related to policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards related to the information-sharing environment and protecting privacy and civil liberties.