Making the shift to intelligence-led corrections

Intelligence-led practices remain limited in corrections and often overlooked by the law enforcement community


By Dr. Kelli Frakes, Program Director, Homeland Security at American Military University

Since September 11, 2001, there has been a need to utilize multiple means for gaining intelligence across the United States. Federal agencies that were once reluctant to share information are now working more closely together. State and local agencies are also taking on more responsibility for information gathering.

The Growth of Intelligence-Led Policing
One method that has been utilized by law enforcement agencies is intelligence-led policing (ILP), which includes gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information. ILP incorporates traditional police work by focusing on criminal intelligence in order to direct police activity and strategic operations. ILP has many applications, not only in the fight against terrorism, but also in overall crime prevention.

Focus on Intelligence-Based Practices in Corrections
The focus of ILP has been on local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with little incorporation of correctional facilities’ knowledge and practices. There is a wealth of information within the correctional system—including probation and parole—yet intelligence-led practices remain limited in corrections and often overlooked by the law enforcement community.

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