n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Intelligence-led policing : a grand narrative

Volume 29 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The high crime rate in South Africa has become a focal point for private and public stakeholders. Many stakeholders note that the use of conventional policing models needs to be combined with smart policing models. One such model is intelligence-led policing (ILP). Intelligence-led policing is premised on the collection of information and the analysis thereof into actionable crime intelligence. The actionable intelligence emanating from fusion centres can help decision makers to develop strategies to detect, disrupt and prevent crime before it happens. Intelligence-led policing lends itself to the use of sophisticated technology and software which allows analyst who understand crime patterns to perform in-depth analyses, identify solutions, communicate effectively with clients and evaluate the outcomes of attempts to solve the problem. These primary characteristics supplemented with methods such as the use of sophisticated information technologies and tools that support innovation, data collection and evidence based practices may be the best model of addressing crime in South Africa. This paper outlines the history of crime intelligence, the crime intelligence process, intelligence-led policing and a South African perspective of intelligence-led policing.

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