Intelligence and Evidence-Based Decision Making
0.5 Credit

This course examines the principles, public policy issues, and barriers that guide the gathering and sharing of intelligence in countering crime and the potential value provided through effective policing strategies and enforcement. Learners analyze what intelligence is; define criminal organizations; identify linkages and activities; and investigate the impact on domestic crime and community safety by criminal organizations. Learners also compare and evaluate existing policing models and the capacity to effectively address the gathering and analyzing of intelligence and evidence to facilitate effective operations, as well as the planning and deploying of police resources. The interoperability between crime-fighting agencies within the criminal justice system, including international cross-border, national, and local organizations is critiqued. Learners compare and contrast data verification techniques, sources of data, and implications of use and misuse, through leveraging analytics to reduce policing costs, create efficiencies, facilitate a supportive and informed command structure, and promote community engagement and partnerships. The importance of measuring performance for accountability and evidence-based decision making in the quest for continuous improvement is also discussed.