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Forensic Intelligence Models: Assessment of Current Practices in the United States and Internationally

NCJ Number
Tara Garvey; Greggory LaBerge; Julie Wartell
Date Published
February 2023
33 pages

This report summarizes the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Forensic Intelligence Framework Initiative, a project in which subject matter experts examined the implementation of forensic intelligence models that support law enforcement operations and modernization efforts to inform the development of a forensic intelligence framework.


Modern law enforcement is transitioning from reactive policing to proactive, intelligence-led, and data-driven policing to increase efficiency, transparency, public trust, and public safety. The report provides an overview of considerations for implementing forensic intelligence activities, such as organizational structure, key partnerships, enhanced communications, and the development of resources. The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Forensic Intelligence Framework Initiative included an initial workshop in Washington, D.C., during which federal partners presented their agencies' work relating to forensic intelligence. The project continued by concentrating on a detailed study of seven sites that represent various levels of forensic intelligence implementation. In addition to the knowledge gained through the site visits, this report is based on the subject matter experts' collective experience working in the field, the published literature on the topic, and discussions with other subject matter experts.