Operational analysis reports
Operational analysis aims to achieve a specific law enforcement outcome such as an arrest, a seizure, the forfeiture of assets or criminal proceeds, and/or the disruption of a criminal enterprise. Specifically, this research aims to identify:
- links between suspects;
- the specific role a person(s) of interest plays in criminal activities;
- investigative leads, and
- information gaps.
These products include database crosscheck reports, crime-specific alerts, suspect reports, investigative lead reports, media content notifications (e.g. social media), and the outcomes of operations that we coordinate.
A 2018 maritime security report revealed links between the hijacking of a vessel in Southeast Asian waters and other known incidents and perpetrators of maritime piracy. The report was shared with the countries concerned.
Strategic analysis reports
Strategic intelligence analysis provides a broad assessment of a specific crime threat or trend, or of criminal behaviour in a particular environment. We examine the different factors that impact a type of crime with a view to forecasting how it may evolve in the near to mid-term future (i.e. escalate or deescalate.)
These intelligence products are intended for both police on the ground and their hierarchies. They include threat and risk assessments (for a specific region, crime, or event), crime trend reports, environmental scanning reports, and early warning alerts.
In 2018 we published a report on the consumption of synthetic opioids, such as Fentanyl and related substances, particularly in North America, and the potential crime and health risks related to this emerging threat.
Another 2018 report looked at the traditional travel routes used by foreign terrorist fighters between the Middle East and North Africa and crisis zones in Syria and Iraq, and those routes that are currently emerging. It highlights intelligence gaps and offers recommendations for law enforcement to more effectively counter the threat posed.