Basic (Background) Intelligence
Background intelligence, usually encyclopedic in nature, provides a broad range of baseline information and intelligence.
Capability is the function of the resources and knowledge available to a criminal group or subject. Each element can be assigned a value, either quantitative or qualitative.
Criminal Group or Organization
Defined in the Criminal Code of Canada, as a group, however organized, that is composed of three or more persons in or outside of Canada, and has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any of the persons who constitute the group.
The criminal market is a network in which buyers and sellers interact to exchange goods and services for money or for barter of other goods or services. Within broad markets like illicit drugs, there are market subcategories with specific geographic locations and individual components (ex. heroin, cocaine). Each market subcategory can be analyzed in terms of suppliers, distributors, retailers, purchasers, the networks of interaction between goods and people, market scope, the types of goods, supply and demand for those goods, their price and their fluctuations, the distribution of those goods to different market segments, the size and length of the distribution chain and so on.
Criminal scope refers to area in which a crime group operates, encompassing importation/exportation, manufacturing and distribution activities. It is assessed to range from international, international (cross-border), national, inter-provincial to intra-provincial, localized and unknown.
Current intelligence is related to the status of an ongoing operational threat, event, environmental condition or indication of illicit activity.
Estimative intelligence is that which provides forward looking assessment and predictive judgments, and attempts to project probable future developments in the law enforcement environment and analyses their implications.
Intelligence is information that has been subjected to the process of planning direction, collection, evaluation, collation, analysis, dissemination and re-evaluation.
Operational intelligence is the creation of a intelligence product that supports law enforcement management in planning crime reduction activity and deploying resources to achieve operational objectives.
Sleipnir is an RCMP-created analytical threat measurement technique that uses a rank-ordered set of criminal attributes (capabilities, limitations and vulnerabilities) to assess the relative threat posed by organized criminal groups. Values are then assigned to each attribute: high, medium, low, nil or unknown.
Strategic intelligence provides a comprehensive and current picture of the scope and direction of criminal activity in order to assist management decision-making and the determination of future action.
Threat assessments are strategic intelligence products that provide analysis of the capabilities, intentions, vulnerabilities and limitations of groups posing an organized crime or national security threat. Their outlook is generally long term and future-oriented.
Warning intelligence bridges the current and estimative intelligence gap by focusing on agreed warning problems as part of a decision support mechanism that requires rapid alert and some form of policy, intelligence or operational response.