Intelligence alone cannot provide a complete picture for managers. On occasion intelligence based decision making can have unintended outcomes, so managers need to understand that intelligence does not guarantee success and needs to be carefully managed. Intelligence led activity is an incomplete science and can give rise to various risks and threats, not only for managers and organizations but also to a range of others including sources, staff acting on intelligence, the subjects of the intelligence, partners, and the wider community.

Course rationale

In recent years there has been a steady pressure for public bodies including the police to act in accordance with Human Rights provisions including police intelligence practices necessitating an ethical framework that safeguards the collection and use of intelligence to build public confidence.

Increasingly intelligence is shared between partners and this presents unique challenges for managers as users, recipients and suppliers of intelligence. This course will provide students with insights into why intelligence might fail, distinguishes between security and ‘ordinary’ policing intelligence and assists the development of an understanding of the importance of risk management.  This course will examine the moral and legal issues, relating to the collection, possession, sharing and use of security intelligence. The use of intelligence presents its own risks and managers should understand and appreciate that risks exist and have a responsibility to mediate them as they seek to make best use of intelligence. Risk management and threat identification techniques will be presented enabling students develop an understanding of the importance of using intelligence responsibly using a structured decision making process.

Course details

5 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

No specific requirements, delivery will be in English.

Key Benefits

Students will:

  • Start to develop an understanding of the risks associated with using intelligence and how to manage them
  • Learn how an ethical approach to intelligence can support efforts to build public confidence
  • Recognise the importance of being able to critically reflect on concepts policies and practices and incorporate reflections into work
  • Understand the importance of applying a structured decision making process