The Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN) is an award-winning program established by the Department of Public Safety in 1984. The administrative responsibilities for LEIN are assigned to the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Intelligence. State, county and local law enforcement agencies from across the state of Iowa provide support to LEIN operations.
LEIN’s membership consists of law enforcement officers who have successfully completed a two-week criminal intelligence course conducted by the Department. LEIN members work together with the Department to accomplish two related objectives:
Develop and disseminate knowledge about significant criminal conditions that affect the state of Iowa; and,
Use this knowledge to identify, investigate, and remove these criminal conditions.
To achieve the first objective, LEIN serves as a mechanism for the statewide collection and exchange of criminal intelligence information. LEIN members submit information reports to the Department’s Division of Intelligence, which in turn disseminates the information to participating agencies throughout the state. These agencies then use the information to identify and evaluate criminal activity in their area.