Following 9/11, law enforcement agencies nationwide determined that more priority had to be given to criminal intelligence as a tool to deter and solve crime. For example, prior to September 11, 2001, there were only 35 JTTFs (Joint Terrorism Task Forces) across the country; now there are over 100 of these organizations comprised of local, state and national law enforcement agencies and intelligence operations working collaboratively, according to Eric Rosenbach (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Univeristy).
IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts) defines intelligence as evaluation or analysis of information: “In its simplest form, intelligence analysis is about collecting and utilising information, evaluating it to process it into intelligence, and then analysing that intelligence to produce products to support informed decision making”. Criminal intelligence not only assists investigators solve crimes – it also helps stop crimes from happening through the interception of vital information to provide preventative warnings.
IALEIA, with regional chapters across the U.S. and the world, offers reasonably-priced training programs in criminal intelligence to sworn, regulatory and civilian personnel. In fact, its FIAT (The Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training) program is so highly regarded that in 2005, when the Department of Homeland Security required new analysts to complete standardized training, IALEIA was one of the two approved professional educational organizations to offer courses. Upcoming FIAT dates include June 25-29, 2012 in Phoenix and September 10- 14, 2012 in both Cincinnati and Tucson. The five-day program delves into the history of intelligence, ethics, creative and critical thinking and the various, essential forms of criminal analysis.
Additionally, IALEIA offers a certification program, a standard now recognized by regional, federal and international law enforcement agencies. For some agencies the IALEIA is required of intelligence analysts; in many cases the standard ensures career advancement within the criminal intelligence field.
IALEIA membership provides many benefits that facilitate a successful career as a criminal intelligence analyst for whether you plan on working for the FBI, a local or state law enforcement agency, the CIA, the DIAC (Defense Intelligence Agency Center), the Department of Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center or a private firm.