1st Edition

Improving Intelligence Analysis in Policing

By Stuart Kirby, Scott Keay Copyright 2021
    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explains how improvements in intelligence analysis can bene!t policing. Written by experts with experience in police higher education and professional practice, this accessible text provides students with both practical knowledge and a critical understanding of the subject. The book is divided into three key parts:

    • Part One outlines how the concept of intelligence was initially embraced and implemented by the police and provides a critique of intelligence sources. It examines the strategic use of intelligence and its procedural framework. It provides a summary of the role of the intelligence analyst, establishing the characteristics of effective practitioners.
    • Part Two describes good practice and explains the practical tools and techniques that effective analysts use in the reduction and investigation of crime.
    • Part Three examines more recent developments in intelligence analysis and looks to the future. This includes the move to multi-agency working, the advent of big data and the role of AI and machine learning.

    Filled with case studies and practical examples, this book is essential reading for all undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in Professional Policing, and Criminal Justice more widely. It will also be of interest to existing practitioners in this field.

    1.Defining Intelligence Analysis and Understanding Its Role in Policing- Past, Present and Future 2.Understanding the Value and Danger of Intelligence Sources 3.Improving the Intelligence Process: A Managerial Perspective 4.Improving Intelligence Process: An Analyst Perspective 5.Intelligence Sources and Techniques for Crime Reduction 6.Intelligence Sources and Techniques for the Investigation of Crime 7.The Multi-Agency Partnership Environment 8.The Increasing Influence of Data in Intelligence Analysis 9.Improving Intelligence Analysis- Meeting Future Challenges


    Stuart Kirby previously served as a Lancashire Police Officer (UK). As a Detective Chief Superintendent (Specialist Crime and Operations Division), he had responsibility for Intelligence, Forensic, Major Crime, Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism. On retirement he started a second career in academia, becoming a Professor of Policing. As current Director of Crimeinsights Ltd. he acts as a policing consultant to national and international public sector agencies.

    Scott Keay is a senior lecturer in Policing at Edge Hill University (UK). He worked for the Lancashire Constabulary for almost 20 years, in various analytical roles from criminal intelligence through to community safety and partnership intelligence. He is currently conducting a PhD, exploring how the police define, identify and respond to vulnerability.

    “I recommend wholeheartedly this book to anyone in law enforcement who is interested in the future of intelligence-led policing…. It presents a bold but realistic vision of the future of the analyst in modern law enforcement agencies.”

    Shane Mac Giollabhuí, University of Ulster, UK, Policing