The role of strategic intelligence in anticipating transnational organised crime: A literary review

Coyne, John & Bell, Peter (2011) The role of strategic intelligence in anticipating transnational organised crime: A literary review. International Journal of Law, Crime & Justice, 39(2011), pp. 60-78.

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Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) has become a focal point for a range of private and public stakeholders. While not a new phenomenon, the rapid expansion of TOC activities and interests, its increasingly complex structures and ability to maximise opportunity by employing new technologies at a rate impossible for law enforcement to match complicates law enforcement’s ability to develop strategies to detect, disrupt, prevent and investigate them. In an age where the role of police has morphed from simplistic response and enforcement activities to one of managing human security risk, it is argued that intelligence can be used to reduce the impact of strategic surprise from evolving criminal threats and environmental change. This review specifically focuses on research that has implications for strategic intelligence and strategy setting in a TOC context. The review findings suggest that current law enforcement intelligence literature focuses narrowly on the management concept of intelligence-led policing in a tactical, operational setting. As such the review identifies central issues surrounding strategic intelligence and highlights key questions that future research agendas must address to improve strategic intelligence outcomes, particularly in the fight against TOC.

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ID Code: 50400
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: strategic intelligence, transnational organised crime, intelligence-led policing, law enforcement
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2011.02.003
ISSN: 1876-763X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd
Deposited On: 17 May 2012 02:08
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 16:01

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