Intelligence - Intelligence operations often involve very large amounts of information gathered in many different formats and from many different sources.
Managing and understanding this data is vital. You need to identify and quickly access key data in order to brief your team and management, develop appropriate action plans, and direct and use resources in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
Counter Terrorism - Tasked with the fight against terrorism, agencies around the world have recognised that they must work in much closer cooperation and be able to openly share intelligence.
Problems faced include coping with the masses of information and intelligence created and the consolidation of this information into a form that supports informed decision-making and effective resource allocation.
Organised Crime - With organised crime groups at the root of much criminal activity, it is imperative that you understand how their networks operate, how they fund themselves and what connections to other activities, such as terrorism, drug trafficking and counterfeiting they may have.
Drugs - From street-level drug supply to large-scale importations, the investigations you undertake will generate masses of information from diverse sources of varying reliability.
You must consolidate and make sense of the data to enable you to understand the nature of your problem, identify the criminal network and share your findings.
Major Investigation - With huge amounts of information coming into an investigation in many different formats and from many different sources, one of the hardest tasks is managing the data.
You need to understand the information so that you can brief your team and management, develop appropriate action plans, and direct and use resources most effectively in order to solve the case.
Volume Crime - In order to effectively tackle your day-to-day crime problems you need to be in possession of as much detailed information as possible about the nature of the problem. But, before you can begin your analysis, you need to be able to structure and manage your data in the most efficient way.
Only then can you begin to visualise and examine the significant patterns and trends, highlight areas of prolific criminal activity, explore the underlying causes and identify potential suspects.
Professional Standards - Issues relating to professional standards are highly sensitive and necessitate that they are handled equitably and professionally. The reputation and credibility of your organisation and the livelihoods of the people you investigate are at risk.
Whatever the scale of your investigation you have to manage and understand complex and potentially conflicting information, communicate your findings and make recommendations that lead to informed decisions and appropriate action.