Intelligence-led policing (ILP) refers to utilizing information and data to evacuate the issues and trends of criminal activities. Intelligence-led policing enables the decision maker’s effectively and sufficiently allocate resources in solving criminal cases. ILP relies on the sharing and collection of intelligence gathered from society (Lambert). Fusion centers play a critical role in helping law enforcement agencies to share crucial information in local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Therefore, the fusion centers help in availing the critical intelligence necessary for data-driven policing (Taylor et al.). Besides, most local agencies are ill-equipped to gather strategic information to solve criminal cases making the fusion centers ideal (Lambert). While fusion centers are critical in ensuring security to the society, they face resistance from civil liberty campaigners. The resistance arises from the concern that the information gathers infringes on civil liberties. Some states even crated restriction s on the type of information that can be collected from the public (Taylor et al.). However, despite the civil liberty concerns, I believe that intelligence-led policing has a future in the American community. In this instance, law enforcement functions efficiently by being able to identify criminal activities. The use of intelligence in law enforcement is critical in preventing terrorism and other serious criminal offenses. In essence, ILP has a future in law enforcement in the United States.
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Taylor, Robert W., and Amanda L. Russell. “The failure of police’ fusion’centers and the concept of a national intelligence sharing plan.” Police Practice and Research 13.2 (2012): 184-200.