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General Resources


The following listing includes general publications and Web links geared to assist the law enforcement intelligence community

Acronym Finder
If searching for an agency, association, or drug name for an investigation, Acronym Finder provides a search tool for finding just what the acronyms and abbreviations stand for.

Acronym List
The acronym list is a compilation of acronyms frequently utilized in the law enforcement and intelligence community.

Cell phone towers are registered with the FCC. Cellreception.com has taken the information and compiled it into a searchable database. Viewing that information in Google Maps provides a graphical interface to see towers within the searched area.

Center for the Study of Intelligence
The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Center for the Study of Intelligence's duties include, but are not limited to, publishing the quarterly classified journal and annual unclassified edition of Studies in Intelligence and key documentary collections from the Cold War; hosting independent research and publishing books and monographs on intelligence topics; producing monographs on CIA history and the history of intelligence; supporting the State Department's Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series; promoting public understanding of intelligence; and providing conferences, seminars, and a forum for practitioners and scholars.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Child Welfare Information Gateway collects, organizes, and disseminates information on all aspects of child maltreatment. It connects professionals and concerned citizens to information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.

Common Competencies for State, Local, and Tribal Intelligence Analysts
The Common Competencies for State, Local, and Tribal Intelligence Analysts identifies common analytic competencies that should be exhibited by state, local, and tribal intelligence analysts working in state or major urban area fusion centers or similar analytic law enforcement entities. These competencies are essential for analysts to effectively perform their job duties and are required in their unique operating environments.

Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain
The article Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain explores data mining efforts with a variety of purposes and uses and employs different data inputs and outputs. This article also explains the results for each of the five data mining efforts examined in the study. According to the article, while the agencies responsible for these five efforts took many of the key steps required by federal law and executive branch guidance for the protection of personal information, none followed all key procedures. Recommendations are also listed for each of the agencies responsible for the five data mining efforts to ensure that their efforts include adequate privacy and security protections.

DataFerrett is a free tool that allows intelligence personnel to explore data, create spreadsheet tables and graphs, and extract data from Web data sets worldwide. DataFerrett also allows the consumer to recode variables, generate graphics, compare statistics from different data sets, and create complex multiuniverse tables using simple drag-and-drop layout.

Docusearch investigates the identity, reputation, conduct, affiliations, associations, movements, and whereabouts of (but is not limited to) potential business partners, employees of questionable scruples, debtors, and even prospective spouses and relatives to be. Docusearch services include locating hidden assets, such as bank accounts, investments, real property and vehicles; locating criminal arrest and disposition records, professional disciplinary actions, and other indicators of moral turpitude; locating driver's license histories and automobile ownership records; finding witnesses, relatives, friends, or even lost loves; and finding the listed and unlisted numbers of telephones, pagers, cellular phones, and faxes.

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sex offender registries and the federal government. This Web site is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options, including, but not limited to, name, city, state, and zip code.

This Web site contains the contact information for county courthouses across the nation.

Google Earth
Google Earth combines mapping and local search to put the answers to the search questions in a geographical context. To do this, Google Earth combines MSN Search with the latest in mapping to create a new Web application built on Microsoft technology. Google Earth provides labeled aerial photos, multiple searches, and locations on the map.

International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)
The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) aims to enhance the general understanding of the role of intelligence analysis, encourage the recognition of intelligence analysis as a professional endeavor, develop international qualification and competence standards, reinforce professional concepts, devise training standards and curricula, furnish advisory and related services on intelligence analysis matters, conduct analytic-related research studies, and provide the ability to disseminate information regarding analytical techniques and methods. Members include, but are not limited to, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Haiti, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States, and Wales.

The Markle Foundation
The Markle Foundation aims to create an information network that prevents terrorism and protects the security of our homeland, while preserving the civil liberties that are a part of national values. The Markle Foundation works to realize this by accelerating the use of technologies to address critical public needs, particularly in the areas of health and national security. Over the past few years, the foundation has developed an approach to work that draws together multisectoral groups of leaders and innovators from technology, government, public interest organizations, and business in order to create strategic, sustainable solutions. The Markle Foundation leverages resources to structure and operate projects in cooperation with partners instead of working as a traditional grant-making organization.

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from state and federal agencies and investigator-initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis. The NACJD is supported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the U.S. Department of Justice. The central mission of NACJD is to facilitate and to encourage research in the field of criminal justice through the preservation and sharing of computerized data resources and through the provision of specialized training in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data. NACJD assists in identification of appropriate criminal justice data collections on specific topics, custom subsetting of selected data files through the online data analysis system, and the retrieval and use of files obtained from the archive.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides information about missing and exploited children; operates a CyberTipline to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation; provides technical assistance to individuals and law enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases; assists the U.S. Department of State in certain cases of international child abduction; distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children; coordinates child-protection efforts with the private sector; networks with nonprofit service providers and state clearinghouses about missing-persons cases; provides information about effective state legislation to help in the protection of children; and offers training programs to law enforcement and social service professionals.

The Analyst’s Style Manual
The Analyst’s Style Manual, written by the Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies, is a product intended to assist student analysts with the many perplexing and complex rules they should follow in producing written intelligence products. The manual includes rules and explanations for proper capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, italics, rules for effective intelligence writing, and a presentation style sheet.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research, and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC provides information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of TRAC is to provide the public, Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars, and lawyers with comprehensive information about federal staffing and spending and the enforcement activities of the federal government.

U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau Web site provides an interactive database engine with survey information, census tract street locator, county business and zip business patterns, and international trade data. This Web site also provides QuickFacts containing frequently requested U.S. Census Bureau information at the county, state, and national levels. Mapping systems and search engines for name, place, and zip code systems, as well as downloadable software with census and survey information, can be found on the census Web site.

Date Created: June 4, 2021