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Intelligence

The Intelligence department has three key elements - Covert, Intelligence and Analysis/Research. The covert area of business proactively investigate offenders who are committing offences across divisional and force boundaries as defined by the National Intelligence Model (NIM). The aim of the Intelligence team is to provide real time support for the management of threat and risk to both individuals and the force.

The covert area of business proactively investigate offenders who are committing offences across divisional and force boundaries as defined by the National Intelligence Model (NIM) [8MB] (NIM).

The research and analytical resource is closely aligned to intelligence officers within the Northern, Southern and Central hubs as well as informing the force of risk from within the Strategic Profiling Unit.

Special Branch

If you suspect it, report it bannerIn the context of national security, Special Branch works closely with and in support of the Security Service, as well as with other national agencies.

A key aspect of Special Branch intelligence gathering is that it extends the reach of the national agencies by utilising the close links between local police and the communities they serve, as well as the contacts and access which Special Branches maintain nationally and internationally. This linkage is a major strength of the UK's national security structure and the envy of many countries.

Much of the intelligence gathering work of Special Branch, whether undertaken solely by the branch or jointly with agencies such as the Security Service, involves sensitive information, equipment and techniques.

Special Branch are part of the wider intelligence department at Staffordshire Police working to keep our communities safe.

Dedicated Source Unit

The Dedicated Source Unit are a specialist department within Investigative Services who are responsible for the management of Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS).

CHIS are people who are able to provide HUMINT (human intelligence) to assist us in tackling our policing priorities around crime, disorder and vulnerability.

The management of CHIS is done in line with national operating standards and is governed under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.