chapter  12
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Getting the message across: Information exchange as a communication chain

BySTEVEN DAVID BROWN

In earlier chapters it was explained how working in international law enforcement has a good deal to do with exchanging information, so let us now take a closer look at the actual mechanics involved for an officer who wants to pass messages across international boundaries to colleagues in other countries.1

These messages will typically consist of (a) a dialogue of questions and answers relating to a specific case or enquiry, or (b) the speculative contribution of information to some central agency where it can be integrated into a data pool and made available either for the interrogation of subscribers or for later amalgamation into some form of strategic overview or assessment.