MCTC Course Catalog
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Introduction to Intelligence for Law Enforcement

This course is restricted to US military law enforcement personnel along with other local, state, and federal civilian law enforcement employees to include criminal analysts, and corrections officers.

There is no cost to attend this training.

Course Description
Introduction to Intelligence is specifically developed to provide criminal justice and military personnel with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts, processes and disciplines associated with modern law enforcement criminal intelligence. This introductory course addresses intelligence matters, primarily from a broader operational point of view in order to more effectively carry out the national and international counterdrug mission of disrupting, disabling, and/or dismantling drug markets, traffickers, networks, financiers, terrorists, and all conspirators who aid and abet them.

The training focuses on a disciplined, systematic process for transforming raw information into useful and timely intelligence, known as the intelligence cycle. The training explores each component of the intelligence cycle, from target identification and selection, data collection, evaluation, collation, analysis, to proper documentation and dissemination. A more protracted perspective is emphasized, allowing for the examination of the behavior and activities of the conspiratorial from the stage of the initial planning, through the crime act, up to and including the flow of finances derived from the criminal activity. The broader perspective and process (intelligence cycle) enhances the ability to identify both the obvious, as well as the conspiratorial relationships common amongst street gangs, drug dealers, retailers, wholesalers, importers, and the numerous others linked to the trafficking networks.

The use of various skills, tools, techniques, disciplines and proven intelligence methods, both manual and electronic, will be discussed. Numerous computerized resources to conduct open source gathering, data mining, research, data management and research and networking will also be discussed and demonstrated, supporting the whole-of-government approach in networking, sharing, and fostering intelligence missions. A combination of criminal justice, military and corporate resources will be discussed and demonstrated.

Topics Included

-Criminal Intelligence Fundamentals
-The Intelligence Cycle and Intelligence-Led Policing
-Focus on Crime, Criminals, Threats, Patterns, Trends, & Modus Operandi
-Conspiratorial Relationships...Organizational Structure, Networks & Associations
-Awareness of Ethnic Criminals, Transnational Networks, and National Security Threats
-Identifying and Targeting the Drug Nexus
-Intelligence: Types and Applications (Statistical, Tactical, Operational & Strategic)
-Operational Intelligence in Support of Criminal Investigations
-Collection of Data: Criteria, Techniques, Covert & Overt Methods
-Covert Collection Operations
-Financial Data Collection...Follow the Money
-Techniques & Methodologies for Refuse Collection, Analysis & Storage
-Considerations for Electronic Collection
-Focus on Communications Collection: Telephonic, E-mails, Text Messages
-Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
-Computerized Intelligence Aids and Resources
-Open Source Research / Data Mining
-Exploring Intelligence Aids, Resources & Assistance
-Partnerships: Criminal Justice, Government, Military, & Corporate
-Logical Data Management Goals and Techniques
-Collation: Data Organization & Management Techniques
-Graphic Data Management: Typology & Methodology
-Financial Analysis Data Collection and Techniques
-The Initial Analytical Function
-Legal: Ethics, Case Law and Criteria for Data Collection
-Safeguards of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments Useful Intelligence: Counterdrug Related Briefings

Course Length
Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence is a 3-day (24 hour) course.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course

NOTE: Approved Courses for Professional Certification

The successful completion of both the Introduction to Intelligence for Law Enforcement and the Intermediate-level Intelligence courses entitles the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center student to qualify for professional certification by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA). IALEIA is the largest professional organization in the world representing law enforcement analysts. The IALEIA Professional Certification Program (CICA) is rooted in the concepts of professionalism as set forth by the Society of Certified Criminal Analysts, and it is guided by the recommendations of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan and the recommended standards for certification organizations in the Law Enforcement Analyst Certification Standards.

The two courses have been certified by the IALEIA and meet the established criteria of a basic intelligence course (listed at https://www.ialeia.org/accepted_classes.php). Students are encouraged to apply for the Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) designation directly with the  International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, PO Box 13857, Richmond VA 23225 (424) 246-8350   https://ialeia.org/

There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

MCTC provides on-site and mobile training of the highest quality at no cost to the student to all those involved in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse.

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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)