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Jerry H. Ratcliffe
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29 Feb 2008

What is intelligence-led policing? Who came up with the idea? Where did it come from? How does it relate to other policing paradigms? What distinguishes an intelligence-led approach to crime reduction? How is it designed to have an impact on crime? Does it prevent crime? What is crime disruption? Is intelligence-led policing just for the police? These are questions asked by many police professionals, including senior officers, analysts and operational staff. Similar questions are also posed by students of policing who have witnessed the rapid emergence of intelligence-led policing from its British origins to worldwide movement. These questions are also relevant to crime prevention practitioners and policy-makers seeking long-term crime benefits. The answers to these questions are the subject of this book.

This book brings the concepts, processes and practice of intelligence-led policing into focus, so that students, practitioners and scholars of policing, criminal intelligence and crime analysis can better understand the evolving theoretical and empirical dynamics of this rapidly growing paradigm. The first book of its kind, enhanced by viewpoint contributions from intelligence experts and case studies of police operations, provides a much-needed and timely in-depth synopsis of this emerging movement in a practical and accessible style.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Willan (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843923394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843923398
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dr Ratcliffe has that rare ability to combine theory and practice using language that practitioners will find both useful and applicable in an operational environment. This is a book for everyone with a stake in understanding crime and the value of intelligence-led approaches as an effective response.' − R. Mark Evans, Director, Analytical Services, Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Jerry Ratcliffe is Professor at the Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The fuzzy picture's gone! 2 July 2008
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This book should be recommended reading for analysts, police executives, operational staff and students of policing.

Ratcliffe's experiences and knowledge provide rich insights into ILP, painting a clear picture in the process. Specifically, Ratcliffe answers several questions about ILP. In doing so, he:

* defines ILP;
* traces its origins;
* explores its relationship with other policing paradigms;
* highlights its distinctive features;
* shows how ILP impacts on crime and
* discusses whether it prevents crime.

The book is well structured and is complemented by chapter introductions defining Ratcliffe's arguments. Each chapter also contains a practitioner viewpoint, which augments the chapter contents and demonstrates theory in practice. Ratcliffe's writing is readable, clear and often provokes a smile. He includes a limited list of acronyms and, as expected, a comprehensive bibliography covering extant literature on ILP (none as comprehensive as Ratcliffe's), other policing paradigms and several interesting research studies.

Conceding the elusive nature of ILP, Ratcliffe defines it as a business model and managerial philosophy in which data analysis and crime intelligence (a combination of crime analysis and criminal intelligence) are the cornerstones of an objective, decision-making framework. At the framework's core are crime/intelligence analysts, responsible for producing analysis and intelligence, that is, actionable knowledge that is client-specific. This is used to impact on crime and problems (reduction, disruption and prevention.)

Ratcliffe employs two key conceptual aids to support his arguments: the crime funnel and the 3-i model. The crime funnel is used to illustrate the size of the crime challenge and to demonstrate the limitations of the `arrest and prosecute' approach to suppress criminal acts. Ratcliffe uses the crime funnel to show that for every 1000 crimes only 4 offenders are incarcerated.

The 3-i model - interpret-influence-impact - is a cyclic concept that conceptualises the processes inherent in ILP. The agency's crime intelligence analysis section interprets the criminal environment; the agency analysts attempt to influence agency decision makers through recommendations; and the decision-makers then make decisions and take actions to impact on the criminal environment. This model departs from other analytical process models in that it is contextualised in the crime and policing environments.

Early in the book, a New Jersey Fusion Centre worker lament is quoted: "Building the plane as we're flying it." The same charge can no longer be levied against ILP for Jerry Ratcliffe has produced its first blue print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence Led Policing 20 Sep 2008
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Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe presents the policing philosophies in a framework with strengths and weakness along with actionable solutions using "intelligence"! His book is an excellent guide for police agencies to address the policing paradigms.

Police leaders, managers and patrol officers all must recognize the support the academic community can provide. Yes Jerry, "intelligence" is an abused word per se in policing; not just the "Secret Sam" surveillance, undercover work or covert operations. "Intelligence' is problem resolution leading with accountability and sustainability.

We must look in our own backyards and focus on the local priorities to keep our communities safe to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Local police resources must be balanced with the State and National levels to target organized crime including terrorism without over taxing the local citizens' pockets.

Police Leaders, this is a must read and a must share with your organization!
Excellent Jerry.
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I bought this for my son. He is using it to study for a promotional exam. He said it is very informative.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Law Enforcement Managers 27 July 2013
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This book is RIGHT ON for all levels of management in Law Enforcement. Anyone moving from Community Oriented Policing to Intelligence-Led Policing and Fusion Center Analysis of data needs this book on their desk.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 17 Mar 2013
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Great forward thinking book,

So happy with content and the authors point of view. It really makes you wake up and realize we have been doing it wrong for centuries. We should modify the services provided to the needs of the community more and not just respond to what is over with.
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