After the Webinar: Patrol Intelligence Officers. Q&A with the Presenters

Webinar presenters Wendy Rountree, Dr. Cody Telep, and Dr. Jon Bottema answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Patrol Intelligence Officers: Intelligence-Led Policing in Action.  Here are just a few of their responses.

 

Audience Question: Would it be possible to be able to share with that IO report and the daily log looks like? Is that something that you’re able to share? 

Wendy Rountree: I do have a blank form that I could share if anyone wants to e-mail me.

 

Audience Question: Specifically, can you talk about how information from the IOs are passed along to other members of the Department and who’s responsible for sharing that information with other uniform patrol officers?

Wendy Rountree: When processing the IORS, as I said, two-thirds of those were related to open investigations. And so that information on who the case agent is is in our records management system. The analytical staff would process the lead and research the case, find out who the case agent is and send an e-mail to that person. Sometimes, we had leads that were not investigations but that needed to go to other bureaus within our department and we tried to develop liaisons, so to speak. Some of these people were our detectives, and we would have them attend our IO school so that they understood what we were trying to do. They then became our point of contact when we had leads to send to them. That was really helpful. We have so many personnel changes all the time, it’s really hard to keep that same person. So, a lot of it is just networking. You know, who is that person that you can contact in that bureau, that will help you get this information where it needs to go?

Cody Telep: I just wanted to mention that as well, too, that the database where the Intelligence Officer reports reside is also viewable by the other IOs. So there was an ability for them to read all the IORS. We encouraged them to read the other IORS coming in from their precinct. There’s a mechanism for them to add comments if they had additional information about a case, or about a problem. We wanted them to be sharing information, both with Wendy on the analytical side, but, also, among each other, and have a form to do that.

 

Audience Question: What additional schools are being planned by the Intelligence Officer program? 

Wendy Rountree: I’m no longer part of that unit. I work in IT now. I know I was told yesterday that they do want to continue and do another basic school. COVID put a stop to all of that for a while. So, they’re trying to regroup. They’ve also had some personnel cuts. They’re trying to figure out how to continue the schools without trainers. They are trying to work around all of that.  Like I said, adapt and overcome. I couldn’t tell you when the next school is as planned.

 

Audience Question: How do you reward intelligence officers to be proactive but not seek other positions within the agency? 

Wendy Rountree: I think we could have done a better job on that. I had always wanted to do at least a quarterly newsletter for the program to highlight those really active IOs and their successes. These IOs are on patrol and they’re moving up in their careers and actually being an IO helps them to do that. We really can’t prevent them from doing that as much as I would like to when we get good ones. It’d be great to keep them where they are, but that’s all for the betterment of their career. The full-time IOs are more stable because that’s a place they want to be. That’s what they want to do for their careers. That’s why, for the patrol IO’s, we have to continually do training because we have changes in personnel constantly. IOs are being promoted, they’re going to detective bureaus, they’re doing all these other things with their careers. So, in order to maintain any kind of level of Patrol IOs, we have to continually do the schools.

 

Audience Question: Is the IORS report shared with the Fusion Center along with a Suspicious Activity Report?

Wendy Rountree: It depends on the situation, and we train our IOs to submit that information directly to the Fusion Center. So, a lot of times, we don’t even get an IORS on it. Sometimes we do, and we don’t do anything with it, because we have a checkbox on the form “Did you submit this to ——–?”  A lot of times, we don’t see what they do. If we get a lead that should have gone to tips and leads but didn’t, then we will send that information over to ACTIC.

 

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