Review of the approach of analysis training arrangements since Europol’s reorganisation on 1 January 2010: from the perception of analysts, specialists (investigators) and management

Faudot, Cecilia K. (2011) Review of the approach of analysis training arrangements since Europol’s reorganisation on 1 January 2010: from the perception of analysts, specialists (investigators) and management. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Organisational change in today’s modern and rapidly moving organisations is continuous, necessary and unavoidable, yet, it is one of the most challenging activities to carry out effectively and efficiently. Likewise, the expectations drawn from crime analysts’ work are increasing with the aim of supporting and producing usable intelligence to reduce the threat posed by organised crime and terrorism. The focus of this research is in the area of analysis training, to explore how it affects an organisation in a time of change, as well as exploring the state of mind of staff.
    The aim of this dissertation is to review the approach of analysis training since Europol’s reorganisation on 1 January 2010. It focuses on ways to assess and evaluate if any misconception or misunderstanding exists between managers, staff and leaders, in the roles and work of crime analysts. The research approach adopted was based on a review of the relevant literature which contributed to the formulation of a questionnaire sent to Europol’s operational staff and managers. Additionally, two top leaders were interviewed about the initial survey results. The findings underline that there are discrepancies between management and staff’s understanding of the crime analysts’ roles and the tasks carried out by them.

    The main conclusion drawn from this work is that Europol has encountered the same difficulties in a time of change as those detected in other law enforcement organisations worldwide. The results of the present research achieved the project aims and objectives and subsequently offered recommendations in the field of analysis training. This research argues for additionally investment in analysis training with the collaboration of universities for advanced courses, a training needs assessment and a new definition of the term “intelligence”.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 13:35
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5687

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