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Crime Analysis in an International Context

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 Criminal analysis is a universal phenomenon relied upon by enforcement organizations to combat crime within their jurisdictions. As globalization spreads, however, criminal activity has become transnational making collaboration key among nation-states in the struggle to prevent and stop crime both within and beyond their borders.

Transnational crime adapts and evolves quickly, and the criminal analysis profession must also adapt in stride and at an international level. To do so, first, it is important to understand the profession and the nature of transnational crime and its essential elements. Secondly, the concepts of reciprocity and mutual benefit through which to provoke the leveraging of partner networks and the strengthening of working relationships need to be examined. This leads to the necessary exploration of the national and international players, recognized treaties, and direct nation-to-nation collaboration.

Awareness of the who, the what and the why allows for a better assessment of the how. The vital aspect of operational cross border crime analysis is comprehending its barriers in order to overcome them: cross-lingual semantic interoperability, gaps in local infrastructure and funding (which have a direct effect on the access to secure conduits for intelligence sharing, connections to the proper authorities and sources and most importantly to the quality and accuracy of the intelligence shared), and legal interchangeability with regard to the legality of the means used to obtain intel and the equivalence and substitutability of criminal offenses between the nations involved. (Keyword: transnational crime)

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    UNODC has various published manuals available online. The Criminal Intelligence Manual for Analysts is great resource for intelligence management, techniques, and processing and can be accessed here:

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    Outside of the region, national entities may be able to work through INTERPOL to acquire needed information.


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Ruiz-Paz, C.M. (2022). Crime Analysis in an International Context. In: Bland, M., Ariel, B., Ridgeon, N. (eds) The Crime Analyst's Companion. Springer, Cham.

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