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Boston Bombing Investigation: Intel Failure? No. Bad Expectation-Setting? Oh, yeah.

April 24, 2013 by

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This is a long post. As either Blaise Pascal, Mark Twain, Voltaire or my Uncle Sid said, I didn’t have time to make a shorter post. It ran today in CSO Magazine and will run in other outlets this week (though this version here has some footnotes). In a hurry? Here’s a summary: My conclusion is […]

Creating A Law Enforcement Farm Team: A Rozzer Back-Bench

November 5, 2012 by

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In law enforcement, there are two factions: sworn or non-sworn, and for many things (with the notable exception of crime and intelligence analysis) never the twain shall meet. This is as much about cops as it is about human nature, and I’m not trying to change it. But I’ve noticed that, in things like arrest […]

A Crime Scene Infographic (Guest Post)

July 12, 2012 by

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Crime scene science is a fascinating world full of specialists, intelligent processes and shocking results. And a really execrable television program. Recently we were contacted by eLocal, a site which created an infographic showing a snippet of CSI. The infographic is interesting, and since Dave and I are both on vacation (him in Texas, me in […]

MOTW: Cops, Video, Smartphone Penetration & Dropped Complaints

May 20, 2011 by

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At the SMILE Conference I gave a talk, and then moderated a panel, on the use of mobile video by citizens and by police. I gave a range of statistics I snaked from ComScore; in this article here I am also including some that were released by Gartner Group on 18 May. First I’m gonna talk […]

Metric of the Week: Europol Crime Report

May 6, 2011 by

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We might end up running some of this again in the Intel Intelligencer, because the release by Europol last week of its EU Organized Crime Threat Assessment has both a treasure trove of new metrics and a wide range of intelligence which is of use to crime and intelligence analysts seeking information on crime trends. This […]

Cops on Terror Alert; Interrogating Militants

May 3, 2011 by

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Yesterday we talked about some of the cyber fallout from the successful US operation against Usama bin Laden; today we will look at some of the physical aspects. We’ve all heard that police agencies around the US are on increased alert for retaliatory attacks. On Sunday night, the US State Department issued a Worldwide Travel […]

Intel Intelligencer: Bin Laden-Related Links Warning

May 2, 2011 by

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We were going to run with an entirely different direction this morning but last night’s announcement of the death of Usama bin Laden took the relevance away from what we had on the plate. Today we have some looks at what happened from various points of view, with the prevailing ones being that Pakistan must […]

Building A Law Enforcement Intelligence Operation Center, Part II

April 13, 2011 by

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In Part I of this article and podcast, we spoke with Patrick Ryder, the commanding officer of the asset forfeiture and intelligence division of the Nassau County, NY Police Department. Paddy is back this week for Part II of the podcast. Download via iTunes here | Download this podcast For the past 11 years, Paddy […]

Krebs: Avoiding Phishing Attacks in the Wake of Epsilon

April 6, 2011 by

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Here’s a quick take: Brian Krebs at Krebs On Security has posted an excellent article, After Epsilon: Avoiding Phishing Scams & Malware at his Krebs on Security site. The piece discusses the Epsilon breach that we talked about yesterday, and then goes into some very simple ways that you and your constituents can avoid getting conned […]

Building A Law Enforcement Intelligence Operation Center, Part I

April 6, 2011 by

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Patrick Ryder is the commanding officer of the asset forfeiture and intelligence division of the Nassau County, NY Police Department. Paddy, a 28-year veteran officer,  has created and runs one of America’s most comprehensive local law enforcement intelligence operations. He also is in charge of the asset forfeiture division that has provided funding to establish […]

The Week That Was: 28 March-1 April 2011

April 5, 2011 by

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Our second week saw two new podcasts, Part III of a two-part series on interviewing and intelligence, links to some great new works on intel from a variety of sources, and, in the metric of the week, some interesting new data on NFL football, upset victories and family violence. Also, we launched another podcast – […]

FBI Responds to Guidelines Criticism

April 1, 2011 by

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On Monday, our Intel Intelligencer highlighted Emily Berman’s report at The Brennan Center, Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks, in which she proposes changes to the guidelines for domestic surveillance – primarily by the FBI, but in general as well. We said that you should read the report, as she makes cogent and clear arguments while […]

As Easy As Parenting, Part III: Bridge-Building in the Community

March 29, 2011 by

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In Part I of this series, Dave described how officers should use their interviewing techniques not just on suspects, but on everyone they come in contact with in the community. In Part II, Dave set forth his personal philosophy and tactics for conducting non-hostile, non-custody interviews. Your mileage may vary, but this is how Dave does […]

The Intel Intelligencer: Berman (Domestic Intel); McEwen (Mobile); Eways (Gang Intel)

March 28, 2011 by

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Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: there is a duality, a dichotomy, present in many of the aspects of things we use in our law enforcement careers. Like a hammer – which can be used to build a house or kill someone – many of the tools we use have a double-edged nature. […]