• Dupont’s work is useful for articulating the different types of networks that can aid with crime prevention stemming from intelligence work.
b. Recommending action
• Within the policing environment, it is important that analysts make recommendations to decision‐makers.
• As Cope points out, there is a difference between analysts making recommendations, and the decision‐maker accepting the recommendation.
• Military analysts sometime struggle with the need to make recommendations, coming from a military area where decision‐makers are trained in using intelligence products, and there are distinct organizational gaps between analysts and their clients.
• Alternatives to the traditional written report should always be considered.
• Moving beyond the tactical to a strategic focus is effective for crime prevention.
• Influencing decision‐makers requires resolute accuracy in detail and fact, but also a flair for the imaginative in terms of getting clients’ attention.