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Special Forces Berlin
by James Stejskal


Law Enforcement
and Police Intelligence

Home > Training > Advanced Skills > Intelligence > Police Intelligence

The types of operations and missions that a Special Forces intelligence specialist (18F, 180A, intel officer, intel analyst, etc.) operates in or supports is wide ranging, interagency, and cross-disciplinary. The many missions sets involve operating in the areas of counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, irregular warfare, and hybrid warfare to name a few. The operational environment may see instances where criminal patronage nets, organized crime, and narcotics trafficking is intertwined with a security or military situation.

The intelligence analyst or operative should be aware of the intelligence techniques and procedures employed by law enforcement and police communties and agencies. Some of these techniques and procedures can be applied to many settings that an SF Intel type will find himself engaged. In addition, there are many operations that are interagency in nature and the SF Intel type should be aware of the capabilities and limitations of those agencies.

In Afghanistan and Iraq SF Intel types found themselves working with and training Afghan and Iraqi police units. Being knowledgeable of police intelligence techniques, warrant-based targeting, and Evidence-based Operations (EvBO) will help the SF Intel type in these COIN/FID/SFA type situations.

To further expound on this point we will use Afghanistan as an example. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were comprised of the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP), and the National Directorate of Security (NDS). U.S. and Coaltion SOF units worked with all three of these security organizations. In addition, there are number of specialized military and police units within the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior that SOF were working with on a continuous basis. Doctrinally (and in reality) in a counterinsurgency environment intelligence drives operations and the police are in the lead for counterinsurgency. So, naturally, SF Intel types need to be aware of police intelligence organizations and their methodology in order to work with, support, train and advise the various police units in Afghanistan. Some of the police units that SOF worked with in Afghanistan included the Afghan Local Police (ALP), Afghan Border Police (ABP), Provincial Response Companies (PRCs), Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP), and other Special Police Units (SPUs).

Listed below are resources about law enforcement and police intelligence methodology that could be of use to the SF intelligence operative and analyst. These resources include online sources of information, books, publications, articles, and training and edcuational opportunities pertaining to law enforcement and police intelligence.

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