Crime analysis and intelligence analysis.

As I note in the lecture notes for the unit, there has always been an uncertain relationship between crime analysis and intelligence analysis. Part of the problem is that there are two major professional bodiesa the International Association of Crime Analysts and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analystsa with two very different perspectives on the subject. Some IACA leaders (including Rachel Santos) think that the two disciplines ought to be considered the same thing, but under the umbrella heading of a?crime analysis.a? Some IALEIA leaders think the same thing, but that the umbrella heading is a?intelligence analysis.a? Some think that the professions ought to be separate, because the work of an intelligence analyst at the FBI or CIA is very different from the work of a local police crime analyst. Others point out that at the local level, separating crime and intelligence analysis makes little sense.

Initial Post Instructions

Based on your readings this week, construct a well-cited and referenced argument for considering crime analysis and intelligence analysis either the same profession or different professions. Back up your argument with specific examples illustrating why you think your position is important.