Police Chiefs: Intelligence Sharing Has Improved Since 9-11
But More Must Be Done
IACP Summit Report outlines recommendations to improve nation’s intelligence sharing capabilities
Alexandria, VA: A report released today by the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) finds that in the years since the September 11, 2001, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have made great strides in their ability to share intelligence, which is a critical factor in our continuing effort to prevent terrorist attacks. However, the full benefits of intelligence sharing has not yet been realized because the process itself remains a mystery to many police officers, and some law enforcement executives consider their agencies too small or too remote to participate in criminal intelligence sharing. These obstacles to full participation could result in alarming gaps in the intelligence that guides our homeland security and crime fighting efforts. These findings, along with recommendations designed to assist law enforcement agencies in overcoming challenges, are contained in the IACP's report: National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis, and Use after 9-11. "Ensuring that police officers having access to the right information and intelligence is absolutely critical to our efforts to protect our communities from crime and terrorism," said Ronald Ruecker, Director of Public Safety for Sherwood, OR, and president of the IACP. "Unfortunately, many of the nation's law enforcement agencies do not participate in the criminal intelligence sharing plan because they underestimate their importance to the criminal intelligence sharing process, overestimate the burdens of full participation, or are unaware of ways to contribute to the vital work of the plan. The IACP summit report presents a set of comprehensive and feasible recommendations to engage all law enforcement agencies in intelligence sharing, which helps make our communities safer." National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis, and Use after 9-11 is a result of the IACP's Intelligence Summit in Washington, DC, held in the fall of 2007. The goal of the summit, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office of the Program Manager for Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) was to evaluate both the progress made by law enforcement agencies in the realm of criminal intelligence sharing since the first Intelligence Summit held in 2002 and work remaining to be accomplished. “In the five years, since the first summit, great strides have been made on both the local and federal levels, as witnessed here by the partnership between DOJ, DHS, and PM-ISE to make this summit a reality along with the IACP,” said COPS Director Carl Peed. “We couldn’t have done this without our state, local, and tribal partners who provided candid comments on where the gaps are and how they can be improved to enhance an information sharing environment.” “The Department of Homeland Security looks forward to every opportunity to work with our state and local partners to share information more efficiently in order to keep our homeland safe,” said DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Charlie Allen. “Together we are building an information sharing environment that can deliver timely, credible, and actionable information and intelligence about individuals and organizations that are a threat to the United States.” "Our nation’s ability to prevent terrorist attacks depends on our ability to gather, analyze and share information regarding those who would attack us,” said Ambassador Thomas McNamara Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment. “Those responsible for protecting our communities from terrorism must have up-to-date information regarding the tactics, the targets, and if possible, the times and places of potential attacks. In the post 9-11 world, state, local and tribal authorities are full partners in information sharing that protects the nation. There should be no doubt that our nation is better organized and prepared to deter terrorist threats than in 2001. But there remains more to be done and we should not believe that the progress achieved to date assures long term improvement." This summit report, for the first time, takes the many discrete, and often confusing or conflicting array of literature on fusion centers and intelligence led policing and presents a comprehensive and straightforward picture of intelligence sharing-- allowing local agencies to understand fully the issue of intelligence and their critical role in collecting and sharing it. Summit attendees, including law enforcement executives from around the United States, made eight recommendations aimed at increasing intelligence sharing use. The recommendations include developing and maintaining a criminal intelligence capability, developing a nationwide marketing and training initiative designed to convince every law enforcement agency to participate in criminal intelligence sharing, and exploring potential partnerships to enhance analytical capacity within their agencies. To read all of the recommendations, please click here. Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 19,000 members in nearly 100 countries.