Southeast Missouri State University

Criminal Intelligence Function Project

This course, which is designed to be offered in two 8-hour sessions for a total of 16 CEU hours, is not currently scheduled, but can be implemented with an expression of interest from regional agencies.

This project is one that was originally scheduled to be funded by federal sources, but for various reasons beyond our control, the money was withdrawn and applied elsewhere.  However we at the Academy feel strongly that only through cooperation between regional departments and the sharing of criminal intelligence information on the regional level, can law enforcement have a prayer of coming to grips with the increasing mobility of today's criminal element.

Key to the success of the Criminal Intelligence Project is the participation of local departments, and the training of personnel to establish and perform the Intelligence Function within their own departments.

We have developed a course of instruction to train the department representatives in two eight-hour blocks.  The initial block would concentrate on each component of the Intelligence Cycle, and the basics of establishing an intelligence function within any size agency, the collection, verification, and collation of intelligence data.  After being returned to their agency for approximately 30 days to implement the process, the officer would return to the Academy for the second eight-hour block of instruction concerning analysis, use of link-analysis software, production of charts and estimates, and intelligence project/program evaluation.  All of this training would be offered as P.O.S.T. Certified training.

Once the departments have their own intelligence function in place, they would be encouraged to contribute to an intelligence data base maintained at the Academy.  This would encourage coordination and cooperation between agencies involved.  The Academy would also maintain the latest in link analysis software for the use of contributing agencies, so that they may have their data entered, and links and estimates drawn from the data.  This would also contribute to the over-all intelligence for the region, and would allow the Academy to produce strategic estimates concerning criminal trends for the participating agencies.

No single component of this plan can stand alone, with each depending on the others for success.  At the very least, the training and establishment of an intelligence function within regional agencies will benefit law enforcement in general, and will foster communication, cooperation and coordination between agencies.  At best, we could establish a viable regional intelligence cooperative system, that would provide not only strategic intelligence for contributing departments, but could also provide the link-analysis software, normally too expensive for any one department to afford, giving a tactical aspect to the program. The Academy is an independent entity with no turf to protect or hidden agendas.  We are offering this program as a service to the agencies in our service area.

The Intelligence curriculum itself will include the study of nine steps in the Intelligence Process Model.  These steps or phases are:

  1. Planning
  2. Collection of information
  3. Assessment of information validity
  4. Collation of information
  5. Analysis of information
  6. Assessment of analytical rigor and value
  7. Dissemination of intelligence
  8. Application of intelligence
  9. Review and assessment of criminal intelligence project/function/unit.

There will also be detailed discussion of the importance of the Intelligence Analysis, the key element of the process.

There must be a strong foundation for cooperation between police agencies. The sharing and coordination of data and intelligence with other police forces or relevant government agencies is critical. In our area, this is not so much because organized crime and its activities are national and international in scope, but it is because the Criminal Community has become increasingly mobile, and is committing crimes in more than one jurisdiction.  In many cases these are the same faces we see over and over, when they become known in one jurisdiction, they move to a neighboring jurisdiction, and are able to commit crimes undetected until they become known to that jurisdiction.  They may also commit crimes in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously.

We are constantly re-inventing the wheel and forced to react to criminal activity with the same people, or their family members and associates, because we do not share information.  At the operational level, the need for inter-agency cooperation is already recognized in the large number of formal and informal joint task force operations.  But there is some bias against some task forces operated by certain agencies that have a reputation for not responding to information provided them and who are a one-way information highway, with no information returning to contributing agencies.

It is widely known that law enforcement agencies are very proprietary and guarded about their intelligence information, as they should be. However, this often obstructs and limits the necessary cooperation between all types of public and private agencies which deliver law enforcement and policing services and these hinder information sharing.

The American police system is among the most decentralized and fragmented in the world, consisting of Federal, State and local agencies.  Anyone who has been in law enforcement for any length of time knows that departments do not routinely share information with each other.  The most active information sharing goes on between officers on different departments who know and trust each other.  The Academy would like to build on this concept by providing Intelligence training to interested officers from different departments, who can then be the catalyst for this type of sharing between departments.

Attendance Policy:
"Students attending Continuing Education programs sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy must attend all of the regular blocks of instruction in order to receive a certificate of completion.  In Continuing Education Programs, which consist of discreet blocks of instruction, the student may receive continuing education credits for those blocks which are actually completed."  
 - Dr. Michael Brown, Director

If you have questions or are interested in attending this or any other Academy training, please call the Academy at (573) 290-5110 for details.