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Would-Be Copper-Thief Blacks Out Internet to Nation

April 7, 2011 by


April is traditionally a strong month for copper demand, according to Leon Westgate, the Standard Bank analyst who last winter told Bloomberg that he expects copper demand to outpace supply by 194,000 tons this year (and who in January predicted that copper prices would rise 22% to $9,200 per metric ton this year. It’s not […]

Our Commercial Brethren

April 7, 2011 by


Recently on an IACA listserver discussion post someone asked about what tools commercial enterprises use for intelligence analysis. The answer is not all that simple, but since I have experience in that world, I thought I would proffer something of a primer in how commercial organizations view intelligence. I’m going to be speaking on this […]

Building A Law Enforcement Intelligence Operation Center, Part I

April 6, 2011 by


Patrick Ryder is the commanding officer of the asset forfeiture and intelligence division of the Nassau County, NY Police Department. Paddy, a 28-year veteran officer,  has created and runs one of America’s most comprehensive local law enforcement intelligence operations. He also is in charge of the asset forfeiture division that has provided funding to establish […]

The Week That Was: 28 March-1 April 2011

April 5, 2011 by


Our second week saw two new podcasts, Part III of a two-part series on interviewing and intelligence, links to some great new works on intel from a variety of sources, and, in the metric of the week, some interesting new data on NFL football, upset victories and family violence. Also, we launched another podcast – […]

The Intel Intelligencer: LE, Counter-Terror and Homeland Security

April 4, 2011 by


The Intel Intelligencer this week looks at a paper which is not new – drafts of this have been circulating since December, 2010 – but is important as it addresses the important question of how we as law enforcement crime and intelligence analysis view our role in defending the homeland. It is equally important reading […]

FBI Responds to Guidelines Criticism

April 1, 2011 by


On Monday, our Intel Intelligencer highlighted Emily Berman’s report at The Brennan Center, Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks, in which she proposes changes to the guidelines for domestic surveillance – primarily by the FBI, but in general as well. We said that you should read the report, as she makes cogent and clear arguments while […]

Metric of the week: Card and Dahl on Upset Losses and Family Violence

April 1, 2011 by


The metric of the week is one that refers to a phenomenon that cops have sensed forever: family violence – specifically male to female violence – rises when a team that’s been heavily favored to win an NFL football game loses. The authors, David Card and Gordon B Dahl, state that two other recent studies […]

RFP for a Terror Intel Distance Training App

March 31, 2011 by


The Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority has announced a request for proposals on an Android-platform distance learning tool. If the mobile app is successful – that is, if the app is picked up and used by members of the community – the authority may expand the RFP to launch it on iPhone and […]

The Intel Intelligencer: Berman (Domestic Intel); McEwen (Mobile); Eways (Gang Intel)

March 28, 2011 by


Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: there is a duality, a dichotomy, present in many of the aspects of things we use in our law enforcement careers. Like a hammer – which can be used to build a house or kill someone – many of the tools we use have a double-edged nature. […]

The Week That Was: 21-27 March 2011

March 27, 2011 by


In our first full week of official publication, the Police-Led Intelligence blog and podcast was pretty busy. We appreciate the traffic, the thousands of visits and the comments – keep them coming! This coming week is shaping up to have some excellent content as well – please keep coming back, and do tell your friends. […]

Nationwide SAR Initiative

March 25, 2011 by


Yesterday I wrote about the need for officers to write down stuff that they thought was important, trying to formalize ways to tap into the bounteous harvest of HUMINT that is the police force at large. Today, Libby Stengel over at GroupIntel wrote an excellent post about this very topic. In her post, Stengel discusses […]

Metric Of The Week: Zimring and the Prisoner:Patrolman Ratio

March 25, 2011 by


The Metric of the Week comes from the forthcoming work of Franklin E Zimring, author of The Great American Crime Decline. It’s a doozy. The New York Times‘ One Police Plaza blog claimed in early February that the 38-page journal article of Zimring’s forthcoming study of how New York City has seen a remarkable and […]

“Give Me Your Hunches”

March 24, 2011 by


Last week, when Eric Olson joined Dave and me on the Police Led Intelligence Podcast, we were discussing ways in which agencies could better prepare patrol officers to gather and report on the rich intelligence they naturally come by on a day-to-day basis. Eric was talking about how he thinks about ways to automate thought […]

As Easy As Parenting, Part II: Non-Hostile, Non-Custodial Interviews

March 22, 2011 by


In Part I of this series, Dave described how officers should use their interviewing techniques not just on suspects, but on everyone they come in contact with in the community. In this Part II, Dave sets forth his personal philosophy and tactics for conducting non-hostile, non-custody interviews. Your mileage may vary, but this is how Dave does […]


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