Page updated: 27 November 2020
If you are the Incident Controller, you need to use intelligence to formulate your Incident Action Plan. Follow this process to turn information into intelligence.
Gather general information
This information could be about:
Gather specific information about the subject
This information could include:
Gather specific information about where the subject may be
This could include information about:
Use qualified investigators
For general SAR operations, consider using an investigation specialist who knows about search and rescue from the New Zealand Police. These investigation specialists have:
For specialised SAR operations, you may have to seek investigators with specific knowledge in the area.
Ask investigators to complete two main tasks
Make sure investigators check for three things when validating information
Investigators need to check that information is:
Sort the information into appropriate categories. For example, you could use categories such as ‘victim’, ‘weather’, ‘vessel’, and so on.
Display the information so that it is readily available to the Incident Management Team. For example, you might use a simple written description on white board, or a large collection of photos and maps displayed on the wall of the planning room at the Incident Control Point.
You can evaluate and analyse information by either:
Once this is done, information can be defined as intelligence.
Once you’ve turned information into intelligence, get important intelligence to the people who need it as fast as possible.
Keep people informed, but try to avoid overloading them with new intelligence that is not important.