Journal Article

A call for the integration of ‘Biographical Intelligence’ into the National Intelligence Model

Robert Smith

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 3, issue 2, pages 191-199
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
A call for the integration of ‘Biographical Intelligence’ into the National Intelligence Model

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Biographical intelligence is an established concept within Intelligence circles and is used to develop a wider picture of activities of heads of state and politicians likely to be harmful to the interests of the sovereign state collecting such data. However, to date, despite the pervasiveness of the National Intelligence Model in Britain in professionalizing the face of policing, the concept of biographical intelligence has yet to mature. This briefing paper examines this overlooked issue and in particular discusses why biographical intelligence could prove to be a useful addition to the Intelligence armoury of policing. The paper demonstrates how crime entrepreneurs can gain competitive advantage across a lifetime by exploiting existing gaps in the intelligence system and how as a result they can stay ‘one step’ ahead of the police intelligence apparatus. The constructed narrative shows up systemic flaws in the system that are still relevant and open to exploitation by resourceful and intelligent criminals.

Journal Article.  4934 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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