Peter Tase, a former IWP student, recently gave two lectures at the National Police Academy in Paraguay about the U.S. Intelligence Community. With an audience comprised of deputy police commissioners and principal leaders within the police force, Mr. Tase spoke about the importance of intelligence and counterintelligence in law enforcement and gave an overview of the work of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Council. Both events, which took place on September 12 and October 1, were attended by nearly 60 police leaders.
At a time when law enforcement officials are called upon to act as a front-line defense against terrorism, organized crime, and gang activities, intelligence collection and analysis grows more crucial by the day. Within law enforcement agencies, the broader purposes of intelligence can be categorized into two sectors: prevention and planning/resource allocation. Law enforcement uses intelligence to apprehend criminals and stop crimes before they happen, to determine how to best utilize department resources to develop response strategies, and to evaluate the evolving nature of threats.
Despite being comprised of dozens of directorates, armed units, technical support staff, and training institutes, Paraguay has no intelligence or counterintelligence departments within the National Police Force committed to the issue outlined above. Currently, its intelligence department focuses solely on political related analysis. With a population size comparable to the city of Hong Kong, this could leave the country in danger when looking at the broader geopolitical landscape.
Peter delivered these lectures at a time when Paraguay has embraced close ties with Iran and Qatar, as, in early October, The Emir of Qatar visited Paraguay as part of his tour in South America, including Paraguay and
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