Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447326410 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9781447326403 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding Police Intelligence Work

Adrian L. James

Understanding Police Intelligence Work

Adrian L. James

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447326410 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9781447326403 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Procedural and moral shortcomings in both child abuse cases and the long-term deployment of undercover police officers have raised questions about the effectiveness and efficacy of intelligence work, and yet intelligence work plays an ever growing role in policing. Part of a new series on evidence-based policing, this book is the first to offer a comprehensive, fully up-to-date account of how police can—and do—use intelligence, assessing the threats and opportunities presented by new digital technology, like the widespread use of social media and the emergence of “big data,” and applying both a practical and an ethical lens to police intelligence activities.
Contents
Foreword by Peter Gill Fundamentals of intelligence practice;
Intelligence work in context;
Organisational structures;
The legal and procedural framework;
Organisational intelligence processes;
Directing intelligence work;
Opportunities and threats in the digital age;
Intelligence failure;
Taking stock: looking ahead;
Epilogue;
References;
Index
Review Quotes
Colin Atkinson, University of the West of Scotland | Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
"James provides a detailed, sophisticated and in many ways critical appraisal of police intelligence work that should be of interest to both practitioners and academics. . . . An excellent introduction to its subject matter, highlighting the core concepts, themes and developments in this area and providing the reader with an excellent starting point from which to deepen his or her knowledge. This book demonstrates James’s expert knowledge of the topic in question but, more importantly, it is a medium through which even those who feel already informed about the concepts, issues and developments in this field can gain significant insight."
Robert J. Heibel, founder, Institute for Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University
“A very readable, timely, professional work that should be of interest and value to law enforcement leadership, intelligence practitioners, and intelligence studies students [and] that explores the broad universal challenges of creating a realistic intelligence-led law enforcement capability in today’s world.”
Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
“An insightful look behind the curtain of contemporary British intelligence practice, covering a myriad of topics relevant to the modern intelligence professional.”
Mark Phythian, University of Leicester, UK
“An excellent guide to the frameworks, processes, opportunities and challenges relating to police intelligence practice. . . . Comprehensive, insightful, engagingly written, and the best introduction to the subject that I know of.”
Nina Cope, former deputy director of intelligence, UK Metropolitan Police, and academic researcher
“An accessible introduction to the myriad of intelligence approaches and constructs that tackles the current use of intelligence and explores its future potential. Essential reading for those studying and working in the field.”
R. Mark Evans OBE, deputy CEO, New Zealand Police
“Fills an important gap in the police intelligence literature. Illustrated throughout with contemporary insights it will be welcomed by practitioners and all those interested in improving the tradecraft of policing.”
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