Collecting and Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Technology to Enhance the Collection of Information and the Dissemination of Intelligence [open pdf - 787KB]
From the thesis abstract: "Developing a national strategy to effectively coordinate information sharing and the subsequent dissemination of intelligence is paramount in domestic efforts to thwart future acts of terror and suppress crime. Past failures illustrate the need for strong and trustworthy partnerships not only between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement, but also with relevant partners in the private sector, foreign allies and other government agencies. Standardizing operations and better utilizing technology will improve the efficacy of this effort and will draw upon the domestic law enforcement community as key players in this endeavor. The findings and recommendations proffered in this research identify policies and practices that effectively integrate information sharing into all aspects of policing and provide for technological solutions to enhance capabilities for collecting information and disseminating intelligence. Integrating intelligence led-policing into existing community policing strategies also illustrates the utility of both public and private partners in this effort. Ultimately, the enhanced collection of information and dissemination of intelligence will greatly augment the ability of law enforcement and the myriad of relevant stakeholders to prevent both crime and acts of terrorism."
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