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The Path to Enlightenment: Limiting Costs and Maximizing Returns from Intelligence-Led Policy and Practice in Public Policing

James, AD (2017) The Path to Enlightenment: Limiting Costs and Maximizing Returns from Intelligence-Led Policy and Practice in Public Policing. Policing, 11 (4). pp. 410-420. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

Intelligence-led policing’s (ILP) promise to reform policing has attracted many to its cause. Based on empirical research, this paper challenges the validity of some of its claims and explains the ways that ILP may most fruitfully be employed. The research found that the success or failure of ILP depends on people and not on the ILP technologies, organizational structures, or processes that routinely receive attention. ILP may make perfect business sense in principle but human factors will always mitigate its prospects. Justifiably, ILP is the preferred strategy for combating organized crime or ‘professional’ criminals; the cost of investigations and intrusions into privacy can more readily be warranted. In the policing mainstream, an acceptable return on investment in those same methods is unlikely because the professional skills and specialist resources required to service them are in such short supply. Moreover, in liberal democracies their use is much more difficult to justify in social worlds that, properly, lie largely beyond the institutions’ control.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policingfollowing peer review. The version of record Adrian James; The Path to Enlightenment: Limiting Costs and Maximizing Returns from Intelligence-Led Policy and Practice in Public Policing, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Volume 11, Issue 4, 1 December 2017, Pages 410–420 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paw050
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 08:18
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 08:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/police/paw050
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8405

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