'But, We All Know Who is Well at it?' The Challenge of Implementing Intelligence-Led Policing

Nina Cope, Metropolitan Police Service

This paper explores the implementation of intelligence-led policing in one area of London. The Metropolitan Policing Model highlights six key policing processes; intelligence, targeting, forensics, investigation, problem solving and diversion. This paper outlines a qualitative evaluation of intelligence and targeting that has highlighted some inhibitors associated with developing an intelligence-led approach. The research revealed a lack of supervision of officers' time and activities; a misunderstanding within policing of the role and potential of intelligence and its ability to target activity; a low level of formal communication between different areas of policing; and a lack of integration of quality crime analysis into policing. All these factors undermine an intelligence led approach and support previous research that highlights the difficulty of shifting the police (and the police culture) away from policing leading intelligence to intelligence-led policing. The paper concludes that training and education, IT developments and cultural issues, concerning assumptions about what constitutes common sense policing and core police skills, need to be acknowledged and addressed in order to facilitate an intelligence-led approach.

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