The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently published Forensic Intelligence Models: Assessment of Current Practices in the United States and Internationally.
Modern law enforcement is transitioning from reactive policing to proactive, intelligence-led, and data-driven policing to increase efficiency, transparency, public trust, and public safety. This document summarizes NIJ's Forensic Intelligence Framework Initiative, a project in which subject matter experts examined the implementation of forensic intelligence models that support law enforcement operations and modernization efforts to inform the development of a forensic intelligence framework. It also provides an overview of considerations for implementing forensic intelligence activities, such as organizational structure, key partnerships, enhanced communications, and the development of resources (technologies, workflows, policies, and training). The project included an initial workshop in Washington, D.C., during which federal partners presented their agencies' work relating to forensic intelligence. The project continued by concentrating on a detailed study of seven sites - five domestic U.S. sites and two international sites - that represent various levels of forensic intelligence implementation. The sites selected were:Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's and Medical Examiner's Offices and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OhioDenver Police Department, Denver, ColoradoMilwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WisconsinNew Jersey State Police, West Trenton, New JerseyPhiladelphia Police Department, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAustralian Federal Police, Canberra, AustraliaNeuchâtel Police and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
In addition to the knowledge gained through the site visits, this report is based on the subject matter experts' collective experience working in the field, the published literature on the topic, and discussions with other subject matter experts.