Crime Prevention and Security Management

Social Network Analysis and Law Enforcement

Applications for Intelligence Analysis

Authors: Burcher, Morgan

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  • Examines the practical challenges when applying social network analysis within law enforcement and intelligence environments
  • Draws on qualitative interviews with crime intelligence analysts
  • Speaks to researchers and practitioners interested in social network analysis, intelligence analysis and law enforcement
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This book examines the use of social network analysis (SNA) in operational environments from the perspective of those who actually apply it. A rapidly growing body of literature suggests that SNA can reveal significant insights into the overall structure of criminal networks as well as the position of critical actors within such groups. This book draws on the existing SNA and intelligence literature, as well as qualitative interviews with crime intelligence analysts from two Australian state law enforcement agencies to understand its use by law enforcement agencies and the extent to which it can be used in practice. It includes a discussion of the challenges that analysts face when attempting to apply various network analysis techniques to criminal networks. Overall, it advances SNA as an investigative tool, and provides a significant contribution to the field that will be of interest to both researchers and practitioners interested in social network analysis, intelligence analysis and law enforcement.


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Morgan Burcher is Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, Australia.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Intelligence-Led Policing, Crime Intelligence and Social Network Analysis

    Pages 1-27

    Burcher, Morgan

  • Social Network Analysis in the Field of Crime Intelligence: Historical Development, Application and Limitations

    Pages 29-63

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  • Social Network Analysis and Crime Intelligence

    Pages 65-93

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  • Social Network Analysis and the Characteristics of Criminal Networks

    Pages 95-129

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  • Social Network Analysis and the Organisational Characteristics of Law Enforcement Agencies: Investigative Focus

    Pages 131-143

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Network Analysis and Law Enforcement
Book Subtitle
Applications for Intelligence Analysis
Authors
Series Title
Crime Prevention and Security Management
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47771-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47771-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47770-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 195
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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