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With the proliferation of fusion centers and intelligence units, various best practices
have emerged to assist criminal justice agencies and organizations with the development
and operation of an intelligence unit. This section provides best practices used
in law enforcement intelligence operations, fusion centers, and information/intelligence
A Governor’s Guide to Homeland Security
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ article A Governor’s
Guide to Homeland Security provides governors with an overview of their
homeland security roles and responsibilities and offers some guidance on how to
approach issues such as mutual aid, information sharing, obtaining assistance from
the military, and protecting critical infrastructure.
Lessons Learned Information Sharing
Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov) is the national network of lessons
learned and best practices for emergency response providers and homeland security
officials. LLIS.gov’s secure, restricted access information is designed to facilitate
efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to acts of terrorism and other incidents
across all disciplines and communities throughout the United States.
New Jersey State Police Practical Guide to Intelligence-Led Policing
The New Jersey State Police Practical Guide to Intelligence-Led Policing
details the processes that the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) has adopted in order
to operationalize the principles of intelligence-led policing (ILP). It was written
to ensure that all members of the NJSP share the same understanding of the concepts
and vernacular that have been embraced to institutionalize intelligence as the foundation
of all operations.
Terrorism Risk Modeling for Intelligence Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving increasingly to risk analysis
and risk-based resource allocation, a process that is designed to manage the greatest
risks instead of attempting to protect everything. Efforts to develop analytical
tools necessary to support this approach and institutionalize their use across the
department are just beginning. In this context, DHS is exploring how existing risk-analysis
tools might be useful for its Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center
(HITRAC). This RAND report presents the results of three applications of a model
routinely used by the insurance industry to assess liability from terrorism risk:
the Probabilistic Terrorism Model developed by Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS).
Informative and useful findings were taken as a positive indication that the model
would be a valuable resource for HITRAC.