The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of interpersonal relations on the implementation of an intelligence-led initiative within a rural, conservation setting.
The data for this study are gathered from semi-structured interviews (n = 79) and field observations within five study sites that are managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The findings suggest that while law enforcement and community conservation rangers viewed intelligence operations to be necessary, there was general discontent and distrust toward intelligence rangers. This was largely due to the actuarial and perceived activities, roles and responsibilities of intelligence rangers and the belief that intelligence rangers reflected more of an internal affairs unit rather than one focused on intelligence gathering.
The credibility of the data provided by respondents can be called into question; however, extensive efforts were made to establish rapport to help alleviate these hazards.
Findings from the current study highlight the importance of considering and managing interpersonal relations when implementing intelligence-led initiatives.
The current study is unique in that it examines crime in a non-traditional setting (a developing country, Uganda), with a non-traditional crime type (wildlife crime). Additionally, literature examining the impact of interpersonal relations on intelligence-led policing is limited.
Cowan, D., Burton, C. and Moreto, W. (2019), "Conservation-based intelligence-led policing: An intra-organizational interpersonal examination", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 108-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-07-2018-0091Download as .RIS
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