The Center of Emerging Threats

The Center of Emerging Threats
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-10-06
Unit 1 Slide Deck: The Center of Emerging Threats
Unit 2 Transcript - The Center of Emerging Threats
Unit 3 Workbook - The Center of Emerging Threats
Unit 4 Recording: The Center of Emerging Threats

When we think about the criminal justice process, what is perceived to be the endgame is the conviction, where an offender is put behind bars. But in the bigger scheme of things, jails and prisons can serve as the starting point for deeper criminal justice work. With a massive network of criminals within detention and correction facilities, it is somewhat expected to see that these places are actually the center for emerging threats.

David A. Grantham is the Director of Intelligence for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. He also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Center for a Secure Free Society where he is involved in research on topics related to crime and terrorism, advising both public and private sectors on intelligence and strategies.

David’s discussion on the first of his three-part webinar series is about:

  • An overview of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Understanding the basics of intelligence and its purpose based on the intelligence cycle.
  • What detention intelligence is NOT based on its model, methodology, application, and scope.
  • How detention intelligence enables policymakers and investigators to understand criminal groups and familiarize with their habits in its aim to forecast and prevent future criminal behavior.
  • Distinguishing between a criminal case and intelligence and how these two are integrated in the detention intelligence framework.
  • The importance of intelligence and how it benefits other areas apart from law enforcement.
  • Multiple cases, both historical and contemporary were used to demonstrate the importance of detention intelligence and how it can result in major criminal justice breakthroughs.
  • Criticisms against detention intelligence and the methodologies used that makes it an effective crime-prevention resource.

Questions from the audience were about:

  • The prevalence of creating detention intelligence units.
  • The challenges of pivoting into an all-hazards approach in detention intelligence.
  • The significance of tattoos and other indicia to suggest gang or group association.
  • When, where, and how to best collect initial information that may be used as leads for further intelligence gathering.
  • Resource for the technology being used by Tarrant County to elicit intelligence from inmates.
  • Ways to filter, collate, and validate the information from inmates to make sense of it and end up with actionable intelligence.
  • The incentives that are being offered in exchange for useful information from inmates.
  • Tips on how to get leadership to understand the value of detention intelligence and get their support for such initiative.

This is the first in a three-part series:


Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “Thank you for such and informative live training. I love the videos. I look forward to reading your book.” — Angela
  • “Brief information on how to elicit information from a subject/inmate. I will be attending the other two seminars to learn more.” — Audrey
  • “Dr. Grantham is an excellent speaker with real-world information and suggestions that work for almost any size Police Department.” — William
  • “I LOVED THIS WEBINAR! I think that the role and usefulness of intelligence in corrections is underutilized and it’s missed opportunities for agencies to better prepare and move against criminal threats in the communities.” — Kathryn
  • “That there is imperative for all Corrections Agency to have or created an Intelligence Unit.” — Lidia
  • “I like how he had examples that could relate to the fieldwork. I am definitely looking forward to the other parts of the series.” — Liliana


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