Intelligence-Led Policing (Synopsis)

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Description: The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary implemented intelligence-led policing in 2011 as a business model and managerial philosophy. Intelligence-led policing uses data and crime intelligence to support objective, informed decision making that maximizes police efficiency. The approach has been adopted as a best practice in many police organizations around the world.

Intelligence-led policing is intended to foster safer communities. It focuses on reducing and preventing crime through targeted initiatives that disrupt prolific and serious offenders operating in communities. This method of policing puts more focus on proactive crime-prevention strategies rather than a primarily reactive approach.
Objective: The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary introduced intelligence-led policing with several objectives: provide intelligence-led policing education; enhance responses to domestic violence; enforce judicial release conditions; improve internal communication; and operationalize the provincial threat assessment on organized crime. The aim is to improve the effectiveness of police services by refocusing resources on an evidence-based approach to policing.
Outcomes: The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has successfully provided education and training on intelligence-led policing to investigators and officers. This training has enhanced the response to domestic violence and improved internal intelligence-sharing communication. The new approach addresses the provincial threat assessment on organized crime. The enhanced enforcement of judicial release conditions is currently underway in partnership with Probation Services, Parole Services and provincial Crown attorneys. In support of this initiative, the Constabulary has made educational and infrastructural changes within the organization. The Constabulary expects to complete an internal evaluation of this initiative by spring 2013.
Resources: The implementation of intelligence-led policing did not require additional human resources. Officer-hours from existing staff levels have been assigned to the implementation and administration of this initiative.
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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