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Where we've been, where we are, where we're going " I ntelligence-led policing" was a model which kicked off in the last half of the Twentieth Century but gained speed post 9-11. The basic gist was to remind officers that intelligence is everyone's job. It encouraged them to gather and analyze intelligence that might prevent crime in the first place. That said, not all agencies are equipped with sophisticated technology and intelligence resources. In fact, most are not. The Bureau of Justice Assistance was well aware of that fact when they drafted up a handbook about intelligence- led policing in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2005. It included these key recommendations to agencies everywhere—regardless of manpower or budget: 1) Promote intelligence- led policing 2) Provide the critical counterbalance of civil rights 3) Increase opportunities for building trust 4) Remedy analytic and information deficits and 5) Address training and technology issues. That's a hefty list of to-dos, especially for small, rural agencies; and they still apply— perhaps now more than ever. Despite what technology you've acquired (or have not acquired) in the last 10+ years, I would venture to bet that if you took a long, hard look you've already changed some things to align your mission with these suggestions in order to do your best work. For instance, have you embraced additional training in the last 10 to 12 years? Have you begun a positive dialogue with your community via social media? Upped security for your digital records? Hired specialized officers? Maybe in recent years you've opened the door to better information sharing with your neighbor agencies. If you've only managed one or two of these things, that is no small feat. It shows you are doing the best with what you have, you are engaged and accountable to your force and your community. "Intelligence-led policing" started as a seedling concept almost three decades ago. In the early 2000s its emphasis was on homeland security/counterterrorism. Today, the recommendations for "smarter" policing as listed above are strikingly resonant with current events. How will the concept evolve next? Change may seem slow to come when we're in the thick of things, but when we step back and take that 50-foot view we sometimes surprise ourselves. I'd like to invite you to write in and submit your stories and experiences for us to share with other readers. Talk about your small agency challenges and solutions, how you manage to do more with less, or what policing innovation you can't wait to see hit the marketplace. In ten or 15 years, let's compare and see where we are again. E D I T O R 'S L O G Sara Scullin Editor Submit your questions, news tips, and comments to sara@of 6 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY NOVEMBER 2016 VOLUME 43, NUMBER 11 PUBLISHED BY SOUTHCOMM BUSINESS MEDIA P.O. 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