Law Enforcement Intelligence - Basic

Course Description

This three day course provides attendees with a more broad-based view of the multiple, inter-related skills and techniques used for transforming data into useful work products. The course utilizes the "Intelligence Cycle" to systematically process data from raw, unrelated information into "actionable" end products that provide a clearer understanding of the problems faced by police agencies today. In other words, students learn how to effectively connect the dots!

Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence appeals to the patrol officer and the seasoned intelligence practitioner, because it offers a blend of "old school" tips, techniques and methodology combined with some of most advanced, comprehensive tools and resources available to the police industry. Uniformed officers can immediately put aspects of the course to work as effectively as detectives or criminal analysts.

Topics include target recognition and development, data collection, data organizational skills, graphic management techniques, and an introduction to analytical concepts. The "Intelligence Cycle" is introduced early in the course and is used throughout the course in a practical case-development project that requires them to apply their newfound knowledge.

The Goal: Students will learn how to transform otherwise unrelated information into meaningful, corroborated data that aids the identification of criminals and their relation to crime.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide a clear and concise definition of "intelligence" and discuss its "value" within the framework of policing.
  2. Differentiate between "military" intelligence and "criminal" intelligence and list a number of "objective" differences.
  3. Describe the components of the "Intelligence Cycle" and explain that their cooperative interactions produce what is referred to as "intelligence".
  4. Describe the function of each of the four applications of intelligence, listing what each is designed to accomplish or produce.
  5. Discuss the fundamental benefits of developing a collection "hypothesis" and "plan" and draft hypothetical examples.
  6. List a number of the more common sources of information and collection techniques.
  7. Describe and demonstrate the five graphic management techniques and integrate them into the ongoing practical exercises.
  8. Discuss the varied terminology inherent in telephone communication records and the benefits of the collated data.
  9. Identify analytic products, discuss their function and list a number of "variables" to be examined.
  10. Demonstrate, in writing, an ability to identify the "relationships and commonalities" of data within the analytical case scenario.
  11. Discuss the relevant issues regarding public records requests and list a few of the legally mandated exceptions to their release, in addition to the records management security and retention guidelines.
  12. Discuss the latest drug trends, prices and market shifts, the background and ideology of many of the more active extremist groups and identify the characteristics, criminal proclivities and idiosyncrasies of the most prevalent evolving and/or emerging ethnic criminal organizations in their region.
  13. List some of the inherent obstacles and benefits of this form of specialized collection: refuse.
  14. List three fundamental steps for preserving collected data.
  15. Demonstrate familiarity with and proper applications of the demonstrated equipment and be able to list five "tips" for enhancing the quality of body-worn transmission and three techniques for mounting a successful stationary video surveillance.
  16. Discuss some of the benefits of internet research and describe a number of available on-line resources which may be used in support of an investigation or intelligence project.
  17. Describe four collation techniques and describe the value/benefit of the process with respect to case management.
  18. Demonstrate an ability to integrate the collation techniques into the ongoing practical exercise.


Course Length

3 days (24 hours)

Who May Attend This Course