All organisations should be able to describe how they do their business, for example how do you collect information from customers and other sources to prioritise and inform the allocation of resources? How do you measure successful outcomes and learn from them?
The term intelligence is now regularly used outside the traditional preserve of the intelligence professionals such as the military and police service. Similar to the police service there is a need to professionalise the management of intelligence within private and public sector organisations.
A lack of professional management results in inconsistencies nationally in the way that offences are tackled, with the focus on small-scale offences rather than on serious organised crime against a plethora of industry sectors.
Orodite Consulting can educate and train businesses in formulating a National Enforcement Strategy, tailored to your business model and support your business with the introduction of a bespoke version of the National Intelligence Model (NIM), widely regarded as the cornerstone to all Pro-Active Intelligence-Led operations to counter fraud and illegal activities that affect and damage brand reputation and productivity.
By adopting the NIM business model, gives your business the opportunity to conduct credible multi-agency operations with Law Enforcement using methods they understand so will be more willing to assist.
The NIM has been developed since 1999 by the Law Enforcement Agencies of England & Wales.
Brief History of the National Intelligence Model (NIM)
In 1993 the Audit Commission identified “a vicious cycle of failure to address crime” and subsequent enquiry revealed that there was in fact a huge variation nationally of intelligence practices which inhibited the flow of information locally, regionally and nationally.
In 1999 the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) created the NIM which is based upon the “collective wisdom and best practice” nationally and internationally.
So what is NIM?
The NIM has its roots in criminal intelligence but it is a business process model with certain key elements. It facilitates the organisation of knowledge, informs resource allocation, co-ordinates activity and allows lessons to be learnt from that activity.
The Model was designed by NCIS to drive activity, not just in relation to crime and criminals, but all policing issues from organised crime to road safety.
NIM requires that a number of capabilities are defined and built in order to professionalise and improve intelligence work and to enable the compilation of standardised intelligence products.
Intelligence products inform staff of significant threats, including those arising from serious and less serious crime.
Risk management, the allocation of resources, engagement with partner agencies and a review of tactics are all systems driven by NIM. In the police service
NIM operates at three levels:
- Level 1 Area Command – localised crime and problems
- Level 2 Force (or inter-force) level – cross border crime & criminals
- Level 3 National & International – serious & organised crime
Private or Public sector businesses could interpret the three levels to fit their own structure locally, on an area, regional and national basis adopting common intelligence practice and products which can be aggregated and standardised across the whole of the business.
Benefits of information sharing
NIM improves the opportunities to share intelligence across police forces, governmental and non-governmental agencies.
The Model was developed by the 43 Police Forces in England & Wales, to a national standard and has been adopted by other agencies such as the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), now rebranded to the National Crime Agency (NCA), United Kingdom Immigration Services (UKIS) and by Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP).
It reduces barriers to effectiveness by producing standardised processes and language to create a co-operative working environment.
Intelligence lies at the heart of business planning where account is taken of local and governmental objectives of required levels of performance and value for money principles. The vital central ingredient in successful business planning is information and understanding on five issues:-
- An accurate picture of the business
- What is actually happening on the ground
- The nature and extent of the problems
- The trends
- Where the main threats lie
An intelligence led business process is concerned with the proactive deployment of resources to reduce fraudulent activity, other crimes and associated problems that are detrimental to the smooth running and profitability of the business.
The need to secure intelligence in line with your business priorities is fundamental to the process. This will ensure that both strategically and tactically all information that may impact on decision making is clearly outlined.
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