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HMICFRS: A shared confidence: A summary of how law enforcement agencies use sensitive intelligence

Response from: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hampshire


This inspection highlights the ongoing need for the development of systems not to be caught up in bureaucratic red-tape where both governance and confidence can be lost. The use of sensitive intelligence sharing is key to tackling serious and organised (SOC) crime at a local, regional and national level. The idea of joint information sharing, shared IT services and technology all being at its best is the goal, while there are many gaps in this process currently as HMICFRS state “Despite the cost and resource intensive nature of sensitive intelligence, we were surprised to find little in the way of a standard approach to how it should be evaluated, or what it could be used for.”

The recommendations put forward by HMICFRS will hopefully make significant headway in the effective use of sensitive intelligence and in turn, each region and local police force will be better informed in SOC. Where there is a role for PCCs to have influence and positive action I welcome this, to be a part of the approach taken to sensitive intelligence.

Donna Jones
Police and Crime Commissioner



No force level recommendations were made.