Intelligence-Led Policing: An Improvement for Law Enforcement and the Community




Vaughn, Scott

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



Police agencies are looking to move away from the traditional view of law enforcement where departments rely on the reactive approach to policing. Many different policing models have been introduced to police departments in the United States to accomplish this task. A new strategy called intelligence-led policing looks to improve the use of criminal intelligence in a proactive effort to fight crime and discover threats. Law enforcement decision makers need an improved intelligence product for better planning. Police departments should implement the intelligence-led policing model in order to better serve their communities. A new strategy in law enforcement is needed due to the complexity of crime and the impact of terrorism in the United States. Intelligence-led policing would improve the sharing of intelligence within a department and between other law enforcement agencies. It would also improve a police department’s use of resources. Kelling and Bratton stated, “Intelligence-led policing is crime fighting that is guided by effective intelligence gathering and analysis – and it has the potential to be the most important law enforcement innovation of the twenty-first century” (p.5).


Intelligence management, Crime prevention