Police-Led Intelligence: A Call for Writers

Posted on 30 May 2011 by

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Dave Henderson and Nick Selby

Police-Led Intelligence co-founders Dave Henderson (left) and Nick Selby

Since the announcement in March of our launch, more than 9000 visitors have come to our pages. Dave and I have had lots of conversations because of it, and it’s opened many doors.

This is still early days; we don’t get anywhere near the number of comments on our site as we’d like, but it’s hard to build a community in less than three months, so we’ll tolerate the “delay”.

When we established this site in February, we committed that, because we believe passionately in inter-agency information and intelligence sharing, open systems and technology transparency, this blog and podcast would serve as an open forum to discuss these issues. Nothing changes.

We’re going to be using the Police-led Intelligence site this week to announce a few new projects that Dave and/or I will be involved with. The PLI website and podcast will remain free and non-commercial.

The first change that we will announce is that we are seeking writers and editors to help us with the project. Since it’s non-commercial, it’s only fitting that it is also community led, and so we are opening the door to having other non-commercial contributors.

Contributing to PLI: Writers
Our content angles towards intelligence, crime analysis and cyber-crime, and that is what we seek. It is preferred, but not required, that you are a current or past law enforcement officer, agent or crime or intelligence analyst, but whether you work in law enforcement, if you have an issue of interest to those who do, we’d like to speak with you.

We seek blog-posts, articles and series which run from 500 to 1500 words. Your content must be cogent, defensible and reference external sources on claims. It must be non-commercial in nature (see below).

It should be something that highlights current procedures, an emerging trend, provides intelligence, analysis or insight, or a new way of looking at an old problem.

It can be educational – for example, see our work on mobile viruses, smartphone penetration and mobile video, or Metadata.

It can point towards newly-published resources on problems in law enforcement (the Intel Intelligencer, which typically runs on Mondays); for example see our recent II columns on immigrant fingerprint issues, Bin Laden-related viruses or Asset Forfeiture.

It can discuss metrics – the things we count in law enforcement crime or intelligence analysis – in our Metric of the Week columns, which typically run on Fridays. For example, see MOTWs on Europol Crime Reporting, Bank crime and The Prisoner:Patrolman Ratio.

Contributing to PLI: Editors
If you think are passionate about a topic you’d like to manage for us, cultivating writers and curating articles and links on a given subject, let us know – Write and tell us why you’re the best person in the entire world to write about this topic. We’re open to the idea and can provide logistical and promotional support.

Contributors’ Rights
To be considered for a contribution, the article must be original, you must be the author, and you must have the right to print it. We ask that it is exclusive to us for the first month, then you’re free to publish elsewhere; we’ll ask that you link back to us when you do, saying that the piece originally appeared in Police-Led Intelligence. You can’t publish someplace that demands you hand over the Copyright, because that would preclude us from continuing to host the article.

We publish under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, which means that you own the copyright and that anyone is allowed to use it for non-commercial purposes so long as they attribute to you.

What Does It Pay?
The satisfaction of public service.

Vendor Contributions
Since the launch of the blog, we’ve been approached by a handful of vendors asking if they can contribute or reprint our work, and the answer has been “No.” That does not change. Mainly the reason has been that the vendor-proffered articles have seemed to us to be of the type that are designed to sell product, not necessarily to inform the audience. We’re open to articles by people who work at vendors so long as we believe that the article discusses a subject of interest, that it does not raise a question or problem that only a commercial product can answer or solve, or those which seem, you know, icky.

Delivery Format
Rich text (RTF), Word or clean, valid, HTML (nothing made in garbage like Dreamweaver, if such a thing still exists).

Getting Started
To get started with us, drop us a line using our contact form.