Friday, June 3, 2011

San Diego Sheriff Implements Intelligence Led Policing Program

There's a story over at the San Diego Union Tribune's website Sign On San Diego that has an interesting piece on the San Diego County Sheriff's Office intelligence led policing program. Intelligence led policing is a way to make a department more efficient by focusing resources on those crime problems that affect communities with the greatest harm. From the story:
Dr. Noah Fritz, the county’s new crime analysis manager, said the strategy amounts to putting sheriff’s deputies at the right place at the right time.
“It’s predicting and forecasting, looking at locations that are more prone to crime and targeting serious and prolific offenders,” said Fritz, who spent five years teaching criminology and criminal justice at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Intelligence-led policing traces its origins to the United Kingdom in the 1990s, during a time of considerable fiscal constraint. Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London, where he served in an intelligence and information unit, among other duties.
Now chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Temple University, Ratcliffe’s book on the subject has become a road map for law enforcement agencies across the country searching for how best to manage available resources.
Given the fiscal woes for agencies in California, making the most of the limited resources they have is extremely important. In fact, given that fiscal reality in nearly all of the US, it's probably important for all law enforcement agencies to put their resources where they will get the most bang for their buck. Intelligence led policing is one way to do that.

In what ways is your department focusing their enforcement efforts to get the most efficient use of it's resources?

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