If searching for an agency, association, or drug name for an investigation, Acronym
Finder provides a search tool for finding just what the acronyms and abbreviations
The acronym list is a compilation of acronyms frequently utilized in the law enforcement
and intelligence community.
BRB Publications, Inc. (BRB)
BRB Publications, Inc. (BRB), provides links to free government searchable sites
as well as some nongovernment sites. BRB Publications, Inc., maintains a series
of databases with profiles of over 26,000 government and private entities involved
with public record access.
Cell phone towers are registered with the FCC. Cellreception.com has taken the information
and compiled it into a searchable database. Viewing that information in Google
Maps provides a graphical interface to see towers within the searched area.
Center for the Study of Intelligence
The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Center for the Study of Intelligence's duties
include, but are not limited to, publishing the quarterly classified journal and
annual unclassified edition of Studies in Intelligence and key documentary
collections from the Cold War; hosting independent research and publishing books
and monographs on intelligence topics; producing monographs on CIA history and the
history of intelligence; supporting the State Department's Foreign Relations of
the United States (FRUS) series; promoting public understanding of intelligence;
and providing conferences, seminars, and a forum for practitioners and scholars.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Child Welfare
Information Gateway collects, organizes, and disseminates information on all aspects
of child maltreatment. It connects professionals and concerned citizens to information
on programs, research, legislation, and statistics to promote the safety, permanency,
and well-being of children and families.
Common Competencies for State, Local, and Tribal Intelligence
The Common Competencies for State, Local, and Tribal Intelligence Analysts
identifies common analytic competencies that should be exhibited by state, local,
and tribal intelligence analysts working in state or major urban area fusion centers
or similar analytic law enforcement entities. These competencies are essential for
analysts to effectively perform their job duties and are required in their unique
Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small Steps
The manual Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small Steps outlines
a role in which the crime analyst invests heavily in seeking new responses to the
policing problems that are diagnosed and participates directly in efforts to test
and implement them. The most immediate goal of the manual is to help crime analysts
to expand their function and thereby contribute to the effectiveness of their agency's
operations. It is intended to contribute to the training of new crime analysts or
problem solvers, to increase their number, and to develop analysts as a distinct
and vital profession. The manual is divided into eight sections, including Prepare
Yourself, Learn About Problem-Oriented Policing, Study Environmental Criminology,
Scan for Crime Problems, Analyze in Depth, Find a Practical Response, Assess the
Impact, and Communicate Effectively. The manual prepares the analyst for this new
role by providing basic knowledge of problem-oriented policing and the related fields
of environmental criminology and situational crime prevention.
Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts,
but Significant Compliance Issues Remain
The article Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected
Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain explores data mining
efforts with a variety of purposes and uses and employs different data inputs and
outputs. This article also explains the results for each of the five data mining
efforts examined in the study. According to the article, while the agencies responsible
for these five efforts took many of the key steps required by federal law and executive
branch guidance for the protection of personal information, none followed all key
procedures. Recommendations are also listed for each of the agencies responsible
for the five data mining efforts to ensure that their efforts include adequate privacy
and security protections.
DataFerrett is a free tool that allows intelligence personnel to explore data,
create spreadsheet tables and graphs, and extract data from Web data sets worldwide.
DataFerrett also allows the consumer to recode variables, generate graphics, compare
statistics from different data sets, and create complex multiuniverse tables using
simple drag-and-drop layout.
Docusearch investigates the identity, reputation, conduct, affiliations, associations,
movements, and whereabouts of (but is not limited to) potential business partners,
employees of questionable scruples, debtors, and even prospective spouses and relatives
to be. Docusearch services include locating hidden assets, such as bank accounts,
investments, real property and vehicles; locating criminal arrest and disposition
records, professional disciplinary actions, and other indicators of moral turpitude;
locating driver's license histories and automobile ownership records; finding witnesses,
relatives, friends, or even lost loves; and finding the listed and unlisted numbers
of telephones, pagers, cellular phones, and faxes.
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the
U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting
public sex offender registries and the federal government. This Web site is a search
tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about
sex offenders through a number of search options, including, but not limited to,
name, city, state, and zip code.
This Web site contains the contact information for county courthouses across the
Google Earth combines mapping and local search to put the answers to the search
questions in a geographical context. To do this, Google Earth combines MSN Search
with the latest in mapping to create a new Web application built on Microsoft technology.
Google Earth provides labeled aerial photos, multiple searches, and locations on
International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)
The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)
aims to enhance the general understanding of the role of intelligence analysis,
encourage the recognition of intelligence analysis as a professional endeavor, develop
international qualification and competence standards, reinforce professional concepts,
devise training standards and curricula, furnish advisory and related services on
intelligence analysis matters, conduct analytic-related research studies, and provide
the ability to disseminate information regarding analytical techniques and methods.
Members include, but are not limited to, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark,
France, Germany, Haiti, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the
Philippines, South Africa, the United States, and Wales.
The Markle Foundation
The Markle Foundation aims to create an information network that prevents terrorism
and protects the security of our homeland, while preserving the civil liberties
that are a part of national values. The Markle Foundation works to realize this
by accelerating the use of technologies to address critical public needs, particularly
in the areas of health and national security. Over the past few years, the foundation
has developed an approach to work that draws together multisectoral groups of leaders
and innovators from technology, government, public interest organizations, and business
in order to create strategic, sustainable solutions. The Markle Foundation leverages
resources to structure and operate projects in cooperation with partners instead
of working as a traditional grant-making organization.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) preserves and distributes
computerized crime and justice data from state and federal agencies and investigator-initiated
research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis. The NACJD is supported
by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice
(NIJ) in the U.S. Department of Justice. The central mission of NACJD is to facilitate
and to encourage research in the field of criminal justice through the preservation
and sharing of computerized data resources and through the provision of specialized
training in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data. NACJD assists in identification
of appropriate criminal justice data collections on specific topics, custom subsetting
of selected data files through the online data analysis system, and the retrieval
and use of files obtained from the archive.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides information
about missing and exploited children; operates a CyberTipline to report Internet-related
child sexual exploitation; provides technical assistance to individuals and law enforcement
agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases;
assists the U.S. Department of State in certain cases of international child abduction;
distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children; coordinates child-protection
efforts with the private sector; networks with nonprofit service providers and state
clearinghouses about missing-persons cases; provides information about effective
state legislation to help in the protection of children; and offers training programs
to law enforcement and social service professionals.
The Analyst’s Style Manual, written by the Mercyhurst College Institute for
Intelligence Studies, is a product intended to assist student analysts with the many
perplexing and complex rules they should follow in producing written intelligence
products. The manual includes rules and explanations for proper capitalization,
punctuation, abbreviations, italics, rules for effective intelligence writing, and
a presentation style sheet.
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data
research, and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University.
TRAC provides information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). The purpose of TRAC is to provide the public, Congress, news organizations,
public interest groups, businesses, scholars, and lawyers with comprehensive information
about federal staffing and spending and the enforcement activities of the federal
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau Web site provides an interactive database engine with survey
information, census tract street locator, county business and zip business patterns,
and international trade data. This Web site also provides QuickFacts containing
frequently requested U.S. Census Bureau information at the county, state, and national
levels. Mapping systems and search engines for name, place, and zip code systems,
as well as downloadable software with census and survey information, can be found
on the census Web site.