Working towards a standardised EU intelligence analysis through training

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Training course on operational intelligence analysis
05 October 2015

From 28 September to 2 October 2015, CEPOL course 38/2015 on operational intelligence analysis was organised in Budapest. It brought together experts in intelligence analysis from all over Europe to exchange good practices and execute practical exercises.

The Operational Intelligence Analysis Training 2015 (OIAT 2015) course focused on the foundations of criminal intelligence analysis, such as information sources, evaluation, collation, data interpretation and argumentation. The objective of the course was to bring together participants from different European countries to facilitate the collation and sharing of best practices among analysts. It also aimed at creating a network of analysts to enforce international cooperation.

CEPOL, assisted by EUROPOL, brought together five international experts in Intelligence Analysis, to provide training in Operational Intelligence Analysis, in CEPOL Headquarters in Budapest. The objective of running this training course was to enhance understanding of the Analysis Intelligence Cycle. It is important that we begin to standardise the approach to analysis across member countries and establish a consistent methodology to applying analytical and data integration techniques.

Training course on operational intelligence analysis

By the final day of the course, participants were able to describe the purpose of intelligence analysis in three different policing contexts, to outline the concept of intelligence and explain a minimum of four steps in the six-step intelligence cycle, to explain the main principles of a collection plan for an analytical assignment, to define a minimum of six different sources of information in criminal intelligence, and to assess the information and the source in terms of its intelligence value by using the standard 4 x 4 evaluation model. On top of this, participants learned how to apply critical thinking in hypotheses development, when constructing conclusions and intelligence requirements, how to use a minimum of four different analytical techniques when conducting intelligence analysis and how to deliver analytical findings through a standardised oral reporting format.

Through training, the OIAT 2015 helped to take a step towards a more unified European Standards on analysis and to move the profession of intelligence analyst further in the European Policing context.

A glimpse on participants’ feeling:

  • Elaine D., Ireland: “The course was wonderful.”
  • Paulo D., Portugal: “The most important thing I learned was the collection plan. It is a simple idea, but I have never used it before. From now on, I will begin to use this concept as I believe it is the essential starting point for accurate and complete analysis.”
  • Ihssane G., France: “I have learned that, across Europe, individuals conducting an analytical role seem to have the same problems.”
  • Tomislav M., Croatia: “The most important thing I learned was to think out of the box. I should always think further than my first impressions.”
  • Bernd G., Germany: “The course was very interactive and helped all of us to learn and improve ourselves.”
  • Anssni M., Finland: “The most important thing I would like to take away with me is to always go back to basics.”
  • Paolo I., Italy: “The most important thing I take with me is the sharing of ideas between us.”

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