Police Use of Intelligence Networks for Reducing Crime

Police Use of Intelligence Networks for Reducing Crime
Charles L. Johnson
January 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-381-3 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 252 pages

Price   $70.00


Johnson examines the role of communications and intelligence in policing. Based on an evaluation of a unit within the Office of the Washington Attorney General, Johnson demonstrates that information flow in the criminal justice system is often hindered by self-interest and a lack of trust between members of the criminal justice community. Johnson studied people at various responsibility levels, including community corrections officers, crime investigators, supervisors, and police chiefs and Sheriffs. The existence of trust-based relationships is not the only key to effective intelligence-led policing. Crime fighters must also learn to avoid “silo-thinking” and get beyond the notion that their individual effort is the most important element of solving crimes. Lastly, agencies have to adopt intelligence gathering capabilities that are compatible with one-another.

About the Author

Charles L. Johnson joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He secured B-52s, SR 71 Blackbirds, nuclear weapons, and missiles. Dr. Johnson joined the California Highway Patrol in 1977 and he worked in East Los Angeles and Oakland. He is currently an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Washington State University, and he is enjoying his retirement with his family in Spokane, Washington.