Police Technology Drives Real Change In Approach To Crime
Intelligence-based policing 'connects the dots' between
crimes and large criminal enterprises
Blackwood, N.J. - "Crime is not restricted by boundary
lines on a map," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent
of the New Jersey State Police, at a training seminar held
at Camden County College today. "Therefore, our ability to
fight crime relies on intelligence-based policing that enables
all enforcement to share information across jurisdictional
lines," he added.
Attorney General Peter Harvey welcomed law enforcement members
from local, state and federal agencies for this first in a
series of regional intelligence conferences, which was coordinated
by the New Jersey State Police and the Office of the Attorney
General. General Harvey has long supported intelligence-based
policing through efforts such as his Gangs, Guns and Drugs
"Intelligence based policing exponentially multiplies law
enforcement's ability to attack the scourges of gangs, drugs,
guns and even terrorism," said Attorney General Harvey. "Criminal
investigative work often depends on putting together pieces
of a puzzle. With the intelligence based policing system promoted
today, we will be instantly able to put together pieces of
the criminal puzzle from every participating agency."
Today's morning session featured comments by Attorney General
Harvey, Colonel Fuentes and Major John Hunt, commanding officer
of the Intelligence Services Section of the State Police.
This unclassified briefing was opened to members of the media
and was highlighted by never-before-released details of connections
between street level crimes and terrorism. These remarks were
followed by a confidential briefing outlining some specific,
ongoing cases to the gathered law enforcement executives.
During the following two days, interactive classroom training
will be held at State Police Troop A Headquarters in Buena
Vista Township for representatives from municipal, county,
and even federal law enforcement representatives. This is
the first of several such conferences planned throughout the
The most important example of the effects of intelligence-based
policing involved the connection between data from seemingly
unrelated incidents that resulted in important arrests or
the prevention of significant criminal events. Details of
a couple of high profile incidents were offered to the media
and specifics about ongoing investigations were divulged to
members of law enforcement.
Analysis of the events of 9/11/01, coupled with the current
scope of organized, gang-related activity in New Jersey underscores
the need to consolidate law enforcement intelligence and enforcement
resources in a proactive and target-specific manner.
"Simply put, crimes such as obtaining fraudulent identification
or selling street quantities of drugs are necessary for larger,
organized criminal ventures," said Major Hunt. "If you're
able to connect the dots between these precursor activities,
you can see the picture they make and take the appropriate
law enforcement actions."
This "all-hazards, all-crimes" philosophy is critical to
effectively deploying against a highly transient criminal
element that often exploits jurisdictional boundaries.
Both the public and confidential parts of today's seminar
emphasized the abilities of the Statewide Intelligence Management
System (SIMS) as a cornerstone of these efforts. SIMS is a
database used to collect and share information on suspected
involvement in all types of organized criminal activity. Gangs,
narcotics syndicates, traditional and non-traditional organized
crime groups, terrorists, fraud groups and identity thieves
are all found in its files. The system allows agencies to
store their intelligence for their own use or for use by the
entire law enforcement community. Training and access to the
system is managed by the State Police and offered free to
all qualified agencies.
Uniquely positioned to serve as a statewide conduit for the
timely collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence
data, SIMS serves the role of a force multiplier. The sheer
volume of information collected will dwarf any local or county
intelligence system, thereby breaking down the silos that
stand in the way of full cooperation between agencies. All
agencies, regardless of size and budget, will benefit from
SIMS. The system has become critically important to the New
Jersey Office of Counterterrorism as an early warning system
and is able to follow the progress of a lead to its final
The utility of Intelligence Based Policing is evident. When
coupled with a regional enforcement perspective, IBP leads
to smart and effective deployment of our collective assets
at the tactical and strategic levels.
The conference also introduced attendees with the New Jersey
Regional Intelligence Operations Center (NJRIOC). When staffed
24/7, the center will provide immediate access to multiple
intelligence databases for municipal, county and state law
enforcement personnel operating in the field.
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