Research / Themes / Trends in governance / Intelligence-Led Policing

Questions of how the police should respond to crime have plagued scholars and practitioners of policing for decades. With disillusionment regarding the professional model of policing and no evidence that community policing reduces crime into the long-term, police have been searching for a new way. This search has taken place at a time when police budgets have not grown to match increases in crime and a rise in the volume of activity. The search for better governance models has brought enforcement agencies to intelligence-led policing as a way to better coordinate crime information and criminal intelligence, with the aim of more objective resource allocation and prioritisation decisions. Intelligence-led policing has the potential to be the most innovative approach to policing in decades, and with numerous research projects in collaboration with police departments around the world, Temple University faculty are at the forefront of this revolution.

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Jerry Ratcliffe

Jennifer Wood

Selected publications

Ratcliffe, JH. (2008) Intelligence-Led Policing. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing.

Ratcliffe, JH. & Guidetti, R. (2008) State police investigative structure and the adoption of intelligence-led policing, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. Volume 31, issue 1: 109-128.

Ratcliffe, JH. [ed.] (2004) Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence, Federation Press.


Wood, J., & Shearing, C. (2007) Imagining Security. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing.