Book: Intelligence-Led Policing

ILP 2nd edition“Intelligence-led policing emphasizes analysis and intelligence as pivotal to an objective, decision-making framework that prioritizes crime hot spots, repeat victims, prolific offenders and criminal groups. It facilitates crime and harm reduction, disruption and prevention through strategic and tactical management, deployment, and enforcement.”

Source: Ratcliffe, J.H. (2016) Intelligence-Led Policing (2nd edition), pg. 66. Routledge: London.

The second edition of Intelligence-Led Policing is now available from Routledge. You can also purchase it from Amazon in most countries (such as the US Amazon site). The second edition offers a comprehensive, updated and engaging introduction to the concepts, processes and practice of intelligence-led policing; drawing on a range of case studies of police operations, it provides a timely synthesis of research, policy and practice. It is an ideal resource for students, practitioners and scholars of policing, criminal intelligence and crime analysis. This book will be of particular interest to professionals within the law enforcement environment; senior officers, middle management, analysts and operational staff.

“This new edition of Intelligence-led Policing is a welcome update that is not only academically thorough and well researched, but is also written for the practitioner. It is full of practical insights for modern policing practice and should be essential reading for today’s thinking police officer.”
Renée J. Mitchell J.D., Sergeant, Sacramento Police Department, USA


  1. Introduction
  2. Origins of intelligence-led policing
  3. The magnitude of the crime challenge
  4. Defining intelligence-led policing
  5. Police decision-making
  6. Interpreting the criminal environment
  7. Influencing decision-makers
  8. Having an impact on crime
  9. Technology and ILP
  10. Evaluating intelligence-led policing
  11. Challenges for the future

Each chapter is supported by online resources for students and instructors. These are available for instructors from the Routledge website. You have to contact Routledge – through their website – to access the materials.

“Jerry Ratcliffe has updated and reinvigorated his comprehensive analysis of ‘intelligence-led policing’ – a primary innovation in contemporary policing. Ratcliffe is a thoroughly accessible writer and this new edition will be core reading for policing scholars, students and practitioners around the world.”
Professor Karen Bullock, University of Surrey, UK

“This important and clearly written book will be essential reading for police officers and police researchers across the globe. Professor Ratcliffe writes with the benefit of experience as a police officer, close familiarity with intelligence-led policing in many different jurisdictions, and a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant literature.”
Professor Nick Tilley, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, UCL, UK