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Local Government Embracing Intelligence

‘Intelligence’ used to be a word you only heard in conjunction with the security services or the police – intelligence managers running teams of intelligence officers, analysts and researchers located within ‘intelligence cells. Analytical techniques, which have taken years to develop within the intelligence community, are now being adopted within private industry and local government. Recognising its value, these organisations will either buy in these valuable services from specialist companies or set up departments with their own teams of intelligence specialists. 

Intelligence, research and analysis allows organisations to monitor what issues affect their business, be it fraud, community influences, social media or other external sources. By using a team of specialists to research and analyse threats enables the organisation to risk assess and be aware of changing threats and situations quickly.

Using Intelligence for Communities

 

One of own case studies displays an example of an analytical team engaging with a local community where a small village in Kent suddenly experienced a sharp increase in criminal damage. This culminated in the village church having its stained-glass windows smashed and items stolen.

Our team analysed the incidents, produced a timeline, and identified a pattern where the timing was always around lunchtime on weekdays, with youths involved of similar descriptions. This led the analyst to look at schools in the area identifying one establishment of interest. The local community were asked to be particularly vigilant around the relevant times.

A subsequent arson led to the fire brigade being called and noting three youths close by, this was passed to our analyst who matched the descriptions to those linked to previous offences. The residents were then asked to check any CCTV, one of which identified the same three youths.

Our analyst presented her findings to the community and gave them her analytical assessment that the youths were almost certainly attending the school she had identified. A meeting was set up taking all the analysis and evidence to the school. As a result, the youths were identified. The school accepted responsibility for their pupils’ actions and explained they had recently changed their policy to allow older pupils out at lunchtime. The school compensated the victims for the damage incurred and arranged a restorative justice programme for those responsible, working in the churchyard they had targeted. The evidence was also passed to the police, who were impressed by the problem solving and outcomes.

The b4Secure analytical team involved the community who negotiated an outcome that satisfied all parties. No access to police data was required and this clearly displayed that communities can work with external specialist intelligence teams to problem solve issues affecting them. Particularly useful now, when Police resources are so stretched.

If you would like to know how our bespoke analytical services can help you and your business, get in touch to arrange a discussion.

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