Title: Towards a model for the integration of knowledge management in law enforcement agencies

Authors: Ben Brewster; Babak Akhgar; Andrew Staniforth; David Waddington; Simon Andrews; Sarah Johnson Mitchell; Kayleigh Johnson

Addresses: CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK ' CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK ' North East Counter Terrorism Unit, West Yorkshire Police HQ, P.O. Box 9, Wakefield, WF1 3QP, UK ' CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK ' CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK ' CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK ' CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, Sheffield, S1 2NU, UK

Abstract: As law enforcement agencies are presented with ever growing repositories of data upon which to conduct their intelligence and investigative initiatives, the requirement to effectively manage knowledge grows. The following paper explores the use of knowledge management within law enforcement in terms of defining knowledge in policing, the various forms in which knowledge exists in society and organisations, and the potential barriers to the integration of knowledge management practices in the law enforcement domain. The paper clarifies the role of knowledge in organisational behaviour and the rationale behind its importance in contemporary law enforcement practices before discussing the concepts around practical scenarios, and outlining a number of example approaches to integration.

Keywords: knowledge management; policing; law enforcement; intelligence; integration barriers; electronic security; digital forensics; ePOOLICE.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2014.060169

International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2014 Vol.6 No.1, pp.1 - 17

Received: 22 Oct 2013
Accepted: 29 Oct 2013

Published online: 27 Mar 2014 *

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