Who We Support
In addition to our customers at the local police and sheriff's offices, the Division of Intelligence also provides support to other programs and task forces.
The Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network
The Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN) is an award-winning program established by the Department of Public Safety in 1984. All divisions of the Department provide operational support to LEIN. Since August 1994, program coordination and administrative responsibilities have been assigned to the Intelligence Bureau, which serves as LEIN’s Central Coordinating Agency (CCA).
State of Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center
Building on the success and framework of the LEIN program, the State of Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center brings together information from law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, and private sector partners. This “fusion process” strengthens our state’s ability to detect and prevent crime and terrorism, and helps protect the critical infrastructure and key assets of our state and our nation. In addition to the DPS Division of Intelligence, six communities in the state – one in each of the six LEIN regions – serve as regional locations that facilitate the intelligence fusion process. All participants work closely with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. This initiative, as an extension of the LEIN program, improves situational awareness, strengthens analysis, and broadens information sharing to appropriately include law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, and private sector entities.
Drug Task Forces
The Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force has assigned Criminal Intelligence Analysts to drug task forces throughout the state. These analysts provide direct support to all law enforcement agencies within their areas of responsibility. Although they are given operational assignments at the task force level, their intelligence work is coordinated through and integrated with the LEIN program DPS Division of Intelligence, where additional Iowa National Guard Counterdrug analysts and leadership are assigned. Additionally, LEIN officers are assigned to virtually every drug task force in the state. Finally, the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) provides funding for one Criminal Intelligence Analyst at the Division of Intelligence, to assist HIDTA participants and address the statewide drug threat. The close association between the National Guard Counterdrug Analysts, the LEIN program, HIDTA, and the Division of Intelligence increases the coordination of information sharing among law enforcement agencies and drug task forces statewide.
The Division of Intelligence provides support to multi-jurisdictional operations throughout the year, involving local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. The types of criminal activities these multi-jurisdictional operations investigate are burglary, extortion, fraud, gambling, gangs, murder, narcotics, organized crime, robbery, weapon offenses, and other crimes. By providing this support, and acting as a central information source for these operations, the Division of Intelligence greatly enhances law enforcement's ability to deal with the complex and transient criminals of today.
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