THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
NOTE: Session Long Projects 1 through 4 are concerned with the scenario outlined in Module 1 SLP. Please review that basic information before proceeding. Each module’s Session Long Project builds upon the other.
For the SLPs in this course, your assignments will be based on a scenario in which you have been assigned as a Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) at a local police or fire department. You may pick which city will apply in your SLPs. As the TLO, you will have a lot of duties, in addition to your regular duties. Among the additional duties:
The TLO primary function is to help line staff identify terrorism related situations and share intelligence related to terrorist activity.
TLOs serve as the point-of-contact within their agencies for questions and information regarding terrorism, and terrorism-related tips and leads.
In most cases the TLO position is a collateral duty. TLOs shall not independently investigate tips or leads unless directed to do so by the proper authorities i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Fusion Center, etc., and stay within the responsibilities of their assigned duties.
A TLO is to have a working relationship with the local Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC), designated Intelligence Center and JTTF, to help facilitate the movement of terror related information to and from field personnel.
A TLO shall disseminate terrorism-related information and intelligence to personnel within their agencies’ in an efficient and lawful manner. TLOs are responsible for verifying that all personnel with whom they share terrorism-related information have a valid need- and right-to-know the information.
TLO s are responsible for educating personnel within their agencies’ regarding the procedure(s) for submitting tips and leads to the proper investigative authorities. For purposes of efficiency, it is not ideal for TLOs to function as the collection point for tips and leads.
TLOs are encouraged to pursue advanced level Homeland Security training courses as recommended and provided by their respective RTTAC.
The TLO should be flexible to fulfill other expectations and/or functions that may be determined by each individual RTTAC
Module 3 Scenario
As your city’s TLO, you are in a unique position to see information and to determine with whom it should be shared in your department. You are also aware that previous programs for information sharing between the IC and LE have not gone well.
Your Captain has been pressing you for details about whether or not the IC is likely to share information with LE. He said that the mayor has been invited to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, and would like an overview of it as well as some specific reasons that the IC needs to support and include local LE.
1. Prepare a memo to the mayor, in which you:
Describe the structure, organization, functions, and effectiveness of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center.
Evaluate the history of the failures and successes in past efforts to integrate the U.S. intelligence community with the law enforcement community.
Propose some specific reasons that the IC should integrate LE better into its planning and execution. Address sharing information equally, appropriate limitations on sharing, and the speed with which information is shared. These will be shared by the mayor with the IC officials in the meeting.
The Mayor also wants IC assistance in targeting a drug/criminal gang that is active in the city (You may pick one that is actually active in your city, or select an actual gang known to be in U.S. cities). Provide insight to the Mayor on the capabilities and limitations of IC information, and what he might expect from the IC.
2. Provide quotation(s) to support your response.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Assignments should be 3-5 pages double-spaced, not counting the cover or reference page. Paper format: (a) Cover page, (b) Header, (c) Body. Submit your assignment by the last day of this module.
Relevance—All content is connected to the question.
Precision—Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.
Depth of discussion—Present and integrate points that lead to deeper issues.
Breadth—Multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered.
Evidence—Points are well-supported with facts, statistics and references.
Logic—Presented discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.
Clarity—Writing is concise, understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.
Objectivity—Avoids use of first person and subjective bias.
References—Sources are listed at the end of the paper (APA style preferred).
Carter, D.L. (2006). Law enforcement intelligence: A guide for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Retrieved from <link is hidden> />
Grassley, C. (2013). Intelligence sharing in wake of Boston marathon bombings. Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee. Washington, DC: Office of Senator Grassley. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Kredo, A. (2013). Failure to communicate: Intelligence sharing could have helped prevent Boston marathon bombing. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved from <link is hidden> />
N.A. (2009). LEAP: Law Enforcement Assistance and Partnership Strategy. Washington, DC: Office of Congressman Bennie Thompson. Retrieved from <link is hidden> />
Mueller, R. (2001). Address to the 108th annual conference of the international association of chiefs of police. Retrieved from <link is hidden> />
U.S. Government (2004). Intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act of 2004. Retrieved from <link is hidden> />
National Counterterrorism Center. VIDEO: About the National Counterterrorism Center. Retrieved from <link is hidden>