Understanding the effects of technological change is a critical issue in contemporary policing. Members of the AIMTech research centre have undertaken research that illuminates the use of information and technology within UK police forces. Here we share a series of multidimensional reports which will be useful to both practitioners and policy makers.
Dr Nicky Shaw is undertaking a research project with
West Yorkshire Police to Understand Demand upon Policing in West Yorkshire from Missing Persons Occurrences. Professor David Allen is the strand lead for Data Analytics in the
N8 Northern Police Research Partnership. Professor Allen is working with Fiona McLaughlin and Dr Nick Malleson, School of Geography, in a novel research project which is underpinned by a principle of co-production and engaged scholarship. Activities within this project include collaborating with police analysts and academics across the North of England to the Data Analytics Digital Service (DADS). This is a cloud based platform which provides a number of services to support data sharing, analysis, and use. The platform and first module were launched on the 16 of April 2018. Working with policing and academic colleagues to deliver and develop a ten month training programme in data science to police analysts. Fatema Zaghool is exploring how police services and other public safety organisations collaborate to create shared information services and systems.
Daniel Pugh (jointly supervised with the School of Law) is undertaking research with explores a novel approach to the evaluation of mobile data solutions in police services.
Declan Falconer (jointly supervised with the School of Law) is undertaking research on the use of body-worn cameras in policing.
Inge Giesolf is undertaking a comparative study on policing in the context of ‘smart cities’. Working in the Netherlands and the UK she is exploring the use and exchange of sensor data, analytical tools and social media.
Professor David Allen, Dr Nicky Shaw, Emma Forsgren and Simon Williams are evaluating a project led by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to create a multi-agency integrated analytics hub, in order to identify and protect vulnerable persons, working across service, agency and geographic boundaries. Avon and Somerset Constabulary does not endorse any services, products or organisations.
Other postgraduate researchers
*We would like to thank the police forces that cooperated in support of these projects. This work has been supported by an Impact Acceleration Award funded by the ESRC and EPSRC. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the authors.