Assessment -In Criminal Justice –
Intelligence-led policing involves doing surveillance on the citizens, usually without their knowledge to identify the possible criminals and prevent crimes. It involves the sharing of information across many local and federal law enforcement agencies. The use of intelligence-led policing makes active patrols no longer necessary, as it is heavily dependent on surveillance and cameras to catch the criminals (Scott slide 2). This approach of policing has many advantages associated with it. One of the benefits is the accuracy of the data collected and the fact that the information that the law enforcement has on criminals is highly verifiable. It has lower costs compared to the traditional policing methods and would require fewer law enforcement officers. The law enforcement agencies are in a better position to keep the crime rates lower by preventing crime before it takes place. Furthermore, it is the most effective approach in dealing with terrorism and organized crime.
There are concerns associated with the use of intelligence-led policing. One of the major concerns is the invasion of privacy of the private citizens. Law protects the privacy of the citizens, and this is infringement of that right. There are very few people from outside of the law enforcement agencies that are aware of what is done with the data that has been collected from the surveillance (Scott slide 3). The secretive nature of which the intelligence-led policing is carried out makes it a target for civil rights groups. There is an increased feeling of apprehension among the citizens, as they feel as if they are being watched all the time. Given proper regulations, this approach in policing could prove very helpful in the management of crime.
Scott, Tahj. “Intelligence Led Policing.” prezi.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2017.