Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations

Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations

Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations

Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations

Synopsis

In response to the current terror threat, law enforcement agencies must now determine how to train analysts and properly identify and respond to critical intelligence. This book explores the issues that all analysts face, including what information to gather, how to analyze it, and the effectiveness of crime analysts investigating terrorism. Events now mandate the unavoidable importance of understanding ...terrorism analysis.... This expert overview provides the crucial foundation of criminal intelligence gathering and analysis and defines the nature of terrorism and its practitioners, subjects of vital importance if agencies are to play an effective role in the battle against terror.

Excerpt

As I write this foreword, the entire world is focused on the Middle East and the continuing threat of more terrorist attacks against Americans, both here and abroad. And while the military continues its deployment of troops and equipment to address the possibility of war, law enforcement personnel in this country scurry to hire and train analytical specialists-individuals essential to our ability to address matters of homeland security.

The present-day practice with regard to the hiring and use of analytical specialists in law enforcement agencies is in stark contrast to the common practices in 1965 when I began my law enforcement career with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) in Miami, Florida. Throughout my 27 years in South Florida, I witnessed firsthand how detectives were forced to rely on personal contacts and individual practices to gather and analyze information. I still remember how, as a young General Investigations Unit lieutenant, I would sit at my desk every morning plotting burglary trends from the previous day's crime reports. I would gather the information, try to put it into some type of usable format, push pins into a district map in the uniform roll call room, and then provide the data to the uniform lieutenants for dissemination to their officers. It was the best that we could do at the district level in the mid-1970s.

What few analysts the department hired were devoted to organized crime analysis, and plotting the relationships among the various organized crime figures plying their trade in the Miami area. It was, in fact, the combination of the successes enjoyed in the organized crime investigations arena and the attendant frustration the rest of us were experiencing in analyzing crime data that finally caused the agency to recognize the need to have personnel specialized in gathering and analyzing information assigned throughout the department. I was the deputy director when I left MDPD in 1992. By then, the use of analysts in the agency was much more widespread. Not only was the intelligence unit beginning to realize the value of having professionally trained analysts, so were many of the criminal investigative units both at headquarters and throughout the district.

As police chief in Tampa, Florida, I continued to recognize the need to have an effective medium in which to gather, analyze, and share information among agencies. The Tampa Police Department (TPD) had an effective analytical function. They did a great job of gathering and analyzing information

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