A new U.S. Army Field Manual (pdf) introduces the concept of “police intelligence operations,” an emerging hybrid of military intelligence and law enforcement.
“Police intelligence operations are a military police function that supports, enhances, and contributes to a commander’s situational understanding and battlefield visualization and FP [force protection] programs by portraying the relevant criminal threat and friendly information, which may affect his operational and tactical environment.”
The new manual presents doctrine that is broadly applicable to support military operations abroad as well as domestic military facility protection.
A copy of the new manual was obtained by Secrecy News.
See “Police Intelligence Operations,” Field Manual 3-19.50, 21 July 2006 (3.8 MB PDF).