LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLEGENCE CARDS
I suggest we use our resource in combating terrorism in this country more efficiently. Let us take a look at the numbers. Our biggest membership in this country is our law enforcement personnel. The number surmounts even that of our military. Our law enforcement personnel are our greatest resource and our country’s front line of defense while our hero soldiers are battling terrorism abroad.
There are as of 2006, 683,396 full time state, city, university and college, metropolitan and non-metropolitan county, and other law enforcement officers in the United States. There are approx. 120,000 full time law enforcement personnel working for the federal government adding up to a total number of 800,000 law enforcement personnel in the U.S.
Coming from a law enforcement background, I have seen changes on how we document our contacts with the public from field cards, interview cards, motor vehicle stop driver info cards to combat profiling, and several other forms of information gathering techniques.
I would suggest including a pilot program of intelligence cards. Information documented by any officer who comes into contact with any non citizen or citizen that has created reasonable suspicion that said person is a potential threat to any person or infrastructure and to include possible financial support or intelligence gathering techniques towards terrorism efforts. Although, actions taken by such a person in itself may not lead to a criminal offense, the information provided by the officer’s report can aid in the efforts in mitigating terrorist attacks.
Training and policies must be created so to not violate the constitutional rights of an individual.
Officer must not use this information gathering as an interrogation tool. The questions ask on this form must be of a non intrusive nature. Name, Address, Date of Birth, Phone, origin, sex, height, weight, color eyes, color hair, Government Issued ID info such as Drivers License only if during a motor vehicle stop, citizens walking are not required to have ID, but must provide sufficient evidence of their identity Note* not having an ID card should not be used as the sole purpose of arrest. A short summary of the officer’s reasonable suspicions and actions should be added. The form should include if it is urgent or routine and if person is in custody or non custody. Form then submitted and processed into a data base. Data base is to be reviewed and made available to other law enforcement agencies.
The cost would be minimal but only to require submission of a report to later be processed and shared with systems already in place (NCIC) or until at such time a new updated computer system is in place (Fusion Centers).
This is a very short draft and it will need to be reviewed of course by civil rights scholars who I would clearly tell that steps above does not change the current way laws are enforced but only adds to our security as we try to mitigate terrorism.
With proper funding available a pilot program as above can be implemented within months.