Sheriff Outlines ILP Initiative

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco outlined his Intelligence-Led Policing initiative June 14, 2011, with the announcement of a new section to move the crime fighting philosophy forward within the agency. The ILP Section will be supervised by Lt. Brian Prescott, a 20-year veteran of the agency. The mission of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Intelligence-led Policing Section is to help prevent and reduce crime by working collaboratively with agency members and the public to effectively analyze and disseminate information gathered from a multitude of sources as a means of providing quality intelligence products to the agency, the greater law enforcement community, and the public.

For more on the evolution of ILP in the United States, you can read a Department of Justice paper on the subject by clicking here.

The ILP philosophy is scheduled to be implemented in several phases, many of which are intended to occur concurrently. This implementation process utilizes identified best practices of other law enforcement agencies as well as recommendations articulated in professional literature on the subject. One of these phases aims to increase the awareness of ILP in public stakeholders. This will include community meetings that will outline the ILP philosophy and detail how citizens can positively contribute. A public email address and a web page will be created for citizens to forward crime-related information to the ILP Section.

Another component of the agency’s ILP focus will be the creation of a clearinghouse that will serve as “one-stop shopping” for all intelligence needs for our agency and also for other public safety agencies in Pasco County. This will incorporate input from organizations that are non-traditional “collectors” of crime information such as fire-rescue, emergency services, public health, private health care, utilities, transportation, schools and hospitals.

As the array of diverse information sources increases, there will be more accurate and robust intelligence that can be disseminated. Information that is collected is transformed into intelligence through analysis. This analysis connects the data through the linking of incidents, activities, or behaviors. The goal of analysis is to produce intelligence products that help command staff identify potential or future threats, respond to relevant threats, understand potential issues, and plan for proactive action.

Some examples of this will include:

  1. Actively gathering, reviewing and analyzing existing data on all citizen-generated calls for service to determine existing and emerging trends affecting overall call volume. This is beneficial as the intelligence product created will allow management to strategically place patrol deputies in areas where and when crime is likely to occur.
  2. Gather, maintain and analyze data from the Department of Health Prescription Drug Monitoring Database to identify offenders operating in or affecting Pasco County for dissemination to the Vice and Narcotics Unit.
  3. Improve officer safety and training through trend analysis of assaults against deputies. Specific information such as the location and type of call on which most deputies are assaulted as well as the time of day, etc., will assist patrol and detention deployment and response to calls for service. Additionally, through analyzing the manner in which most deputies are assaulted, an intelligence summary can be provided to the Training Section for the development of future training initiatives.

Below, Sheriff Chris Nocco explains the implementation of ILP into the agency’s crime fighting philosophy in a recent media conference. Lt. Brian Prescott, left, will be the supervisor of the new ILP Section and Data Services Supervisor Becky Beebe, right, will be instrumental in analyzing data.