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The Intelligence Task Force Model

The “intelligence” task force model is a more traditional law enforcement-only structure. Using this model, task forces include only the investigative and prosecutorial functions. The task force leader calls upon a service provider whenever it has a case that requires services for victims, but the identity of the task force remains inside the local law enforcement agency. Task forces using this model are typically seen as the primary coordination mechanism for investigations, but not as useful for coordinating services for victims.

In lieu of attending task force meetings, service providers generally establish their own coalition or consortium meetings to coordinate services and discuss issues that are pertinent to service provision, outreach, and training. This model is not as effective in building partnerships and trust between law enforcement and service providers; however, it has advantages of more focused meetings and fewer risks of case or client confidentiality breaches.

A typical intelligence task force model is depicted below.

Intelligence Task Force Model

For additional information and tools, visit the Resource page for Chapter 2: Forming A Task Force