Intelligence analysts have a tough and demanding job, requiring top-notch analytical skills, investigative know-how, and solid judgment making skills. The following 10 standards have been adapted from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime for inclusion into the SMIA:

  1. Analyzed data (i.e., intelligence) should be used to direct law enforcement operations and investigations
  2. Analysis should be an integral part of every major investigation the agency pursues.
  3. Analytical products should contain, as a minimum, a written report. Visual products may also be presented, but are only acceptable as an addition to, rather than in replacement of, a written report.
  4. Analytical products should contain conclusions and recommendations. These are presented to management for their consideration regarding decision-making.
  5. The development of an analytical product requires the application of thought to data. Data compilation that does not reflect comparison or other considerations is not analysis.
  6. Analytical products must be accurate. Consumers must be able to rely on the data provided to them by analysts.
  7. Analysis must be produced in a timely manner.
  8. Analytical products should reflect all relevant data available through whatever sources and means available to the analyst.
  9. Analyses should incorporate the best and most current computer programs, compilation, visualization, and analytical techniques available in the analyst’s environment.
  10. Analyses should both reflect and be evaluated upon, their qualitative and quantitative contribution to the mission and priorities of the agency or organization for which they are being produced


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